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A. This title applies to the division of land into up to nine parcels for short subdivisions and into ten or more parcels for subdivisions.

B. Property boundary lines separating two or more lots of record may be adjusted only under the specific provisions as set forth in this title. Contiguous parcels may be combined or consolidated into larger parcels for ownership, development or redevelopment only in accordance with this title.

C. Where this title imposes greater restrictions or higher standards upon the development of land than other laws, ordinances or restrictive covenants, the provisions of this title shall prevail; provided, that wherever conflicts may arise between this title and Chapter 58.17 RCW, the latter shall prevail.

D. No development permit shall be issued for any lot, tract or parcel of land divided in violation of this title or Chapter 58.17 RCW unless the authority authorized to issue such development permit finds that the public interest will not be adversely affected thereby.

E. This title does not apply to the division of lots which results in tracts of twenty or more acres.

F. This title does not apply to cemeteries and other burial plots while used for that purpose, divisions made by testamentary provisions or the laws of descent.

G. This title does not apply to divisions of land due to condemnation, or sale under threat thereof, by an agency or division of government vested with the power of condemnation, or to any division of land for use solely for the installation of electric power, telephone, water supply, sewer service or other utility facilities of a similar or related nature; provided, however, that any remaining lot or lots are consistent with applicable zoning and land use plans.

H. This title does not apply to a division for the purpose of leasing land for facilities providing personal wireless services while used for that purpose. “Personal wireless services” means any federally licensed personal wireless service. “Facilities” means unstaffed facilities that are used for the transmission or reception, or both, of wireless communication services including, but not necessarily limited to, antenna arrays, transmission cables, equipment shelters, and support structures.

I. No person, firm, or corporation, proposing to make, or having made, a subdivision or short subdivision, shall enter into any contract for sale any lot, tract, parcel, or any part thereof, until the city has approved the final plat or short plat in accordance with the rules and regulations contained in the title. (Ord. 1190-21 § 2 (Exh. A), 2021; Ord. 1016-08 § 2).