City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17A
Chapter 17A.020
Section 17A.020.130

Title 17A Administration

Chapter 17A.020 Definitions

Section 17A.020.130 “M” Definitions
  1. Main Assembly Area.

The principal room for persons gathering for religious services.

  1. Maintenance.

Or “repair” means those usual activities required to prevent a decline, lapse, or cessation from a lawfully established condition or to restore the character, scope, size, and design of a serviceable area, structure, or land use to a state comparable to its previously authorized and undamaged condition. This does not include any activities that change the character, scope, or size of the original structure, facility, utility, or improved area beyond the original design.

  1. Manufactured Home.
  1. “Manufactured home” is a single-family dwelling unit constructed after June 15, 1976, built in accordance with department of housing and urban development Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act, which is a national, preemptive building code.
  1. “Manufactured home accessory structure” is any attached or detached addition to a manufactured home, such as an awning, basement, carport, garage, porch, or storage structure, which is ordinarily appurtenant.
  1. Manufactured Home Park.

Two or more manufactured homes or mobile homes used as dwelling units on a single parcel or lot.

  1. Marquee Sign.

See SMC 17C.240.015.

  1. Marsh.

A low, flat wetland area on which the vegetation consists mainly of herbaceous plants such as cattails, bulrushes, tules, sedges, skunk cabbage, or other hydrohytic plants. Shallow water usually stands on a marsh at least during part of the year.

  1. Mean Annual Flow.

The average flow of a river or stream (measured in cubic feet per second) from measurements taken throughout the year. If available, flow data for the previous ten years should be used in determining mean annual flow.

  1. Mean Sea Level.

For purposes of the National Flood Insurance Program, the vertical datum to which Base Flood Elevations shown on a community's Flood Insurance Rate Map are referenced.

  1. Mining.

The extraction and removal of sand, gravel, minerals, or other naturally occurring material from the earth for economic use.

  1. Minor Arterials

A street providing service for trips of moderate length, connecting the principal arterial system to local streets, generally prioritizing mobility over access, and providing intra-community circulation.

  1. Mitigation – Mitigate.

An action which avoids a negative adverse impact and is reasonable and capable of being accomplished.

  1. Mitigation – Mitigation Sequencing.

The use of any or all of the following actions listed in descending order of preference:

  1. Avoiding the impact altogether by not taking a certain action or parts of an action.
  1. Minimizing impacts by limiting the degree or magnitude of the action and its implementation, by using appropriate technology, or by taking affirmative steps to avoid or reduce impacts.
  1. Rectifying the impact by repairing, rehabilitating, or restoring the affected environment.
  1. Reducing or eliminating the impact over time by preservation and maintenance operations during the life of the action.
  1. Compensating for the impact by replacing, enhancing, or providing substitute resources or environments; or
  1. Monitoring the impact and the compensation project and taking appropriate corrective measures.

Mitigation may include a combination of the above measures.

  1. Mobile Home.

A factory-built dwelling built prior to June 15, 1976, to standards other than the housing and urban development code, and acceptable under applicable state codes in effect at the time of construction of introduction of the home into the state. Mobile homes have not been built since introduction of the housing and urban development Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards Act.

  1. Mobile Home Park.

Any real property which is rented or held out for rent to others for the placement of two or more mobile homes, manufactured homes, or park models for the primary purpose of production of income, except where such real property is rented or held out for rent for seasonal recreational purpose only and is not intended for year-round occupancy.

  1. Modification to a Preliminary Plat, Short Plat, or Binding Site Plan.

A change, prior to recording, of an approved preliminary plat, preliminary short plat, or binding site plan that includes, but is not limited to, the addition of new lots or tracts, or a change of the boundaries or dimensions of lots or tracts.

  1. Modular Home.

A single-family dwelling unit (which may be in the form of a factory-built or manufactured housing permit as well as a standard building permit) constructed in a factory in accordance with International Building Code and bearing the appropriate gold insignia indicating such compliance. The term includes “pre-fabricated,” “panelized,” and “factory-built” units.

  1. Modulation.

A measured and proportioned inflection in a building’s face. Articulation, modulation, and their interval create a sense of scale important to residential buildings.

  1. Monitoring.

Periodic evaluation of a wetlands restoration, creation, or enhancement site or habitat management plan area to determine changes at the site, such as vegetation growth, hydrologic changes, soil development, and use of the site by birds and animals.

  1. Monument.

A physical survey monument as shown in the City's standard plans.

  1. Monument Sign.

See SMC 17C.240.015.

  1. Multi-family Residential Building.

A common wall dwelling or apartment house that consists of three or more dwelling units.

  1. Multiple Containment.

A means of spill or leak control involving a containment structure having one or more layers of material between the primary container and the environment.

  1. Containment layers must be resistant to the material stored.
  1. The volume within the containment system must be at least as large as the primary container.
  1. Containment layers may be separated by an interstitial space.
  1. Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4).

A conveyance, or system of conveyances (including roads with drainage systems, municipal streets, catch basins, curbs, gutters, ditches, manmade channels, or storm drains):

  1. owned or operated by a state, city, town, borough, county, parish, district, association, or other public body (created by or pursuant to state law) having jurisdiction over disposal of wastes, stormwater, or other wastes, including special districts under state law such as sewer district, flood control district, or drainage district, designated and approved management agency under section 208 of the Clean Water Act that discharges to water of the United States;
  1. designed or used for collecting or conveying stormwater;
  1. which is not a combined sewer; and
  1. which is not part of a publicly owned treatment works (POTW) as defined at 40 CFR (Code of Federal Regulation) 122.2.
  1. MUTCD.

The U.S. department of transportation Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices.

Date Passed: Monday, October 25, 2021

Effective Date: Thursday, December 2, 2021

ORD C36117 Section 6