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As used in this chapter, unless the context or subject matter clearly requires otherwise, the words or phrases defined in this section shall have the indicated meanings.

“Adjacent landowners” means and refer to the owners of real property, as shown by the records of the county assessor, located within five hundred feet of any portion of the boundary of a proposed subdivision; provided, that if the owner of the real property which is proposed to be subdivided owns another parcel or parcels of real property which lie(s) adjacent to the real property proposed to be subdivided, “adjacent landowner” shall also mean owners of real property located within five hundred feet of any portion of the boundaries of such adjacently located parcels of real property.

“Alley” means a public highway not designed for general travel and used primarily as a means of access to the rear of residences and business establishments.

“AMC” means and refers to the official code of the city of Algona.

“Applicant” means the owner or owners of record of the property subject to an application for land division or boundary line adjustment, or authorized representative of such owner or owners.

“Application” means all of the application forms, plans and accompanying documents required by this title for any particular land division, boundary line adjustment or lot combination request.

“As-builts” means the engineering drawings which show the exact location, size and dimension of streets and utilities and related improvements that have been installed.

“Binding site plan” means a drawing to a scale specified by local ordinance which: (1) identifies and shows the areas and locations of all streets, roads, improvements, utilities, open spaces, and any other matters specified by local regulations; (2) contains inscriptions or attachments setting forth such appropriate limitations and conditions for the use of the land as are established by the local government body having authority to approve the site plan; and (3) contains provisions making any development be in conformity with the site plan.

“Block” means a group of lots, tracts, or parcels within well-defined and fixed boundaries.

“Bond” means a form of security, provided in an amount found satisfactory to the city attorney, intended to ensure that required improvements are installed and provide warranty against defects in material and/or workmanship.

“Boundary line adjustment” means division made for the purpose of adjusting boundary lines which does not create any additional lot, tract, parcel, site, or division, nor create any lot, tract, parcel, site or division which contains insufficient area and dimensions to meet minimum requirements under the Algona Municipal Code for width and area for a building site. This term shall also mean and include the term “lot line adjustment” as that term is used in Chapter 14.04 AMC, Permit Processing.

“City” means the city of Algona unless the context indicates some other meaning.

“City clerk” means the individual designated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council to be city clerk, or his or her designee, or the office or person otherwise assigned such duties, or his or her designee.

“City engineer” means the individual designated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council to be city engineer, or his or her designee, or the office or person otherwise assigned such duties, or his or her designee, or a consulting engineer retained by the city to provide on-call engineering services to the city.

“City planner” means the individual so designated by the mayor and confirmed by the city council to be city planner, or his or her designee, or the office or person otherwise assigned such duties, or his or her designee.

“Comprehensive plan” means the plan adopted as the city’s comprehensive plan pursuant to Chapter 36.70A RCW as now or hereafter amended.

“County auditor” shall be as defined in Chapter 36.22 RCW or the office or person assigned such duties under a county charter.

“Critical areas” means those lands identified on the comprehensive plan and/or city zoning code, which have unique characteristics which require special regulations in order to ensure proper use with intense development.

“Dedication” means the deliberate appropriation of land by an owner for any general and public use reserving to herself or himself no other rights than such as are compatible with the full exercise and enjoyment of the public use to which the property has been devoted. The intention to dedicate shall be evidenced by the owner by the presentment for filing of a final plat or short plat showing the dedication thereon; and the acceptance by the public shall be evidenced by the approval of such plat for filing by the appropriate governmental unit. Acceptance by the city shall be indicated by the approval of the city council, as evidenced by the presence of the mayor’s (or designee’s) signature on the face of the final plat.

“Development guidelines and public works standards” means and refers to the development guidelines and public works standards adopted by the city pursuant to Ordinance 829, as now or hereafter amended, revised, reconstituted, retitled, renumbered, or reenacted.

“Development permit” means any permit issued by the city of Algona allowing the physical alteration of real property including, but not limited to, property development, building construction, street construction, utility construction or installation, grading, filling or excavating. Approval of a subdivision, short subdivision, boundary line adjustment or lot consolidation is not considered a “development permit” for the purposes of this title.

“Easement” means a grant by the property owner to the public, a corporation, or persons of the use of a strip of land for a specific purpose and on or over which the owner will not erect any permanent improvements which serve to interfere with the free exercise of that right.

“EIS” or “environmental impact statement” means a document prepared to assess the environmental impacts of a proposal which has been judged to have, or to likely have, a significant adverse effect upon the quality of the environment pursuant to the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971 (Chapter 43.21C RCW), as now constituted or hereafter amended.

“Engineering drawings” are diagrams that provide plans, profiles and cross-sections of utilities and roads to be installed, prepared by a licensed civil engineer.

“Final plat” is the final drawing of the subdivision and dedication prepared for filing for record with the county auditor and containing all elements and requirements set forth in state law and in this title.

“Half street” means a street with improvements built only from the centerline to one edge of the ultimate right-of-way, but otherwise designed and built in accordance with all applicable ordinances, standards and requirements; provided, that appropriate measures shall be taken to protect the structural integrity of the exposed edge of pavement at the ultimate centerline, as determined by the city engineer.

“Homeowners’ association” means an incorporated, nonprofit organization operating under recorded land agreements through which:

1. Each lot owner is automatically a member;

2. Each lot is automatically subject to a proportionate share of the expenses for the organization’s activities, such as maintaining common property; and

3. A charge, if unpaid, becomes a lien against the property.

“Improvements” means the landscaping, streets, sidewalks, streetlights, fire hydrants, storm water facilities, sanitary sewer facilities, domestic water facilities, and other utilities and facilities required by this title to be constructed in conjunction with any particular land division.

“Land division” or the “division of land” means the creation of any new lot or lots for the purpose of sale, lease or transfer of ownership, whether such lot or lots is created by subdivision, short subdivision, or binding site plan.

“Lot” means a fractional part of divided lands having fixed boundaries, being of sufficient area and dimension to meet minimum zoning requirements for width and area. The term shall include tracts or parcels.

“Lot area” means the total horizontal area within the boundary lines of a lot; however, the area contained in access easements, tracts, or panhandles shall not be included in the lot area or any other lot size computation.

“Lot combination” means the process by which contiguous parcels may be combined or consolidated into larger parcels for ownership, development or redevelopment.

“Lot of record” means a lot as shown on an officially recorded plat or short plat or a parcel of land officially recorded or registered as a unit of property, and described by metes and bounds, and lawfully established on the date of recording of the instrument first referencing the lot.

“Lot, through” means a lot that has both ends fronting on a street; both ends will be considered front.

“Panhandle” means an irregular extension or protrusion of a lot, created for the purpose of providing such lot with frontage on a public or private street or access way.

“Parent parcel” means those lots, parcels or tracts of land that existed at the time of adoption of the ordinance codified in this title with separate deeds and/or all lawfully established lots, parcels or tracts since that time. It is from said “parent parcel” that all subsequent lots, parcels or tracts are created.

“Planning commission” means that body as defined in Chapter 36.70, 35.63, or 35A.63 RCW and as created by the city pursuant to Chapter 2.12 AMC to perform planning functions.

“Plat” means a map or representation of a subdivision, showing thereon the division of a tract or parcel of land into lots, blocks, streets and alleys, or other divisions and dedications.

“Preliminary plat” means a neat and approximate drawing of a proposed subdivision showing the general layout of streets and alleys, lots, blocks, and other elements of a subdivision consistent with the requirements of this chapter. The preliminary plat shall be the basis for the approval or disapproval of the general layout of a subdivision.

“Private road” means an established easement which created access from private property to the city street, with maintenance of the road being the responsibility of the private property owners.

“Roadway” means that portion of an approved street intended for the accommodation of vehicular traffic, generally between curb lines on an improved surface.

“SEPA” means the State Environmental Policy Act of 1971, Chapter 43.21C RCW, as the same may be amended and supplemented from time to time.

“Short plat” means the map or representation of a short subdivision. For purposes of this code, “short plat” may also refer to the land use review process required before a short plat may be approved. See “short subdivision.”

“Short subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into nine or fewer lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale, lease or transfer of ownership.

“Subdivision” means the division or redivision of land into ten or more lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale, lease, or transfer of ownership, except as otherwise provided in this chapter.

“Surety” means any form of security involving a cash deposit, bond, collateral, property, or other instrument of credit which is used to insure that required improvements are installed and/or provided warranty against defects in material and/or workmanship.

“Utility” means a public or private entity that provides services to the public and includes those agencies which distribute services such as telephone, gas, electric power, television cable, water and sanitary and storm sewers. (Ord. 1190-21 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 1016-08 § 2).