City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17A
Chapter 17A.020
Section 17A.020.050

Title 17A Administration

Chapter 17A.020 Definitions

Section 17A.020.050 "E" Definitions
  1. Early Notice.
    The lead agency’s response to an applicant stating whether it considers issuance of a determination of significance likely for the applicant’s proposal (Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance [DNS] procedures).

  2. Easement.
    A right granted by a property owner to specifically named parties or to the public for the use of certain land for specified purposes.

  3. Ecological Functions.
    Or “shoreline functions” means the work performed or role played by the physical, chemical, and biological processes that contribute to the maintenance of the aquatic and terrestrial environments that constitute the shoreline’s natural ecosystem. See WAC 173-26-201(2)(c).

  4. Eave
    The lower border of a roof that overhangs the wall, typically associated with exposed sloped roof elements.

  5. Ecologically Intact Shorelines.
    Those shoreline areas that retain the majority of their natural shoreline functions, as evidenced by the shoreline configuration and the presence of native vegetation. Generally, but not necessarily, ecologically intact shorelines are free of structural shoreline modifications, structures, and intensive human uses. In forested areas, they generally include native vegetation with diverse plant communities, multiple canopy layers, and the presence of large woody debris available for recruitment to adjacent water bodies. Recognizing that there is a continuum of ecological conditions ranging from near natural conditions to totally degraded and contaminated sites, this term is intended to delineate those shoreline areas that provide valuable functions for the larger aquatic and terrestrial environments which could be lost or significantly reduced by human development. Ecologically intact status of a shoreline is determined on a case-by-case basis.

  6. Economic Hardship.
    An owner’s inability to make reasonable economic use of a historic structure as determined pursuant to SMC 17D.040.230.

  7. Ecosystem-wide Processes.
    The suite of naturally occurring physical and geologic processes of erosion, transport, and deposition; and specific chemical processes that shape landforms within a specific shoreline ecosystem and determine both the types of habitat and the associated ecological functions.

  8. Electric Sign.
    See SMC 17C.240.015.

  9. Elevated Building.
    For insurance purposes, a non-basement building which has its lowest elevated floor raised above ground level by foundation walls, shear walls, post, piers, pilings, or columns.

  10. Emergent Wetland.
    A wetland with at least thirty percent of the surface area covered by erect, rooted, herbaceous wetland vegetation as the uppermost vegetative strata.

  11. Enclosed Roof Structure
    Conditioned, occupiable structure extending beyond the roof line of a building; commonly termed a penthouse. For purposes of the HFBC, Enclosed Roof Structures must be set back from the parapet of a building to qualify for height limit exceptions.

  12. Endangered Species.
    A wildlife species whose prospects for survival are in immediate danger because of a loss or change in habitat, exploitation, predation, competition, disease, disturbance, or contamination and that are designated as such by a governmental agency.

  13. Enhancement.
    See "Compensatory Mitigation" (SMC 17A.020.030).

  14. Erosion.
    The wearing away of the ground surface as a result of mass wasting or the movement of wind, water, soil, and/or ice.

  15. Essential Habitat.
    Habitat necessary for the survival of federally listed threatened, endangered and sensitive species and state listed priority species.

  16. Ex Parte Communication.
    Any oral or written communication made by any person, including a City employee or official, pertaining to a matter that is or will be within the jurisdiction of the hearing examiner made outside of a public record.

  17. Existing Manufactured Home Park or Subdivision – Floodplain.
    A manufactured home park or subdivision for which the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed (including, at a minimum, the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads) is completed before July 1, 2004.

  18. Exotic.
    Any species of plants or animals that are not indigenous and are foreign to the planning area.

  19. Expansion to an Existing Manufactured Home Park or Subdivision – Floodplain.
    The preparation of additional sites by the construction of facilities for servicing the lots on which the manufactured homes are to be affixed, including the installation of utilities, the construction of streets, and either final site grading or the pouring of concrete pads.

  20. Extirpation.
    The local destruction of or extermination of a species.

  21. Extraordinary Hardship.
    That the strict application of the provisions of this code and/or rules adopted to implement this code would prevent all economically viable use of the property.

Date Passed: Monday, January 29, 2018

Effective Date: Saturday, March 17, 2018

ORD C35576 Section 7