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Title 17E
Chapter 17E.050
Section 17E.050.040

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.050 SEPA

Article II. General Requirements

Section 17E.050.040 Lead Agency Determination and Agency Responsibilities

  1. The department within the City of Spokane receiving an application for or initiating a proposal that involves a nonexempt action shall determine the lead agency for that proposal under WAC 197-11-050, 197-11-253, and 197-11-922 through 197-11-940 unless the lead agency has been previously determined or the department is aware that another department or agency is in the process of determining the lead agency.
  2. When the City of Spokane is the lead agency for a proposal, the department receiving the application shall determine the responsible official who shall supervise compliance with the threshold determination requirements, and if an EIS is necessary, shall supervise preparation of the EIS.
  3. When the City of Spokane is not the lead agency for a proposal, all departments of the City of Spokane shall use and consider, as appropriate, either the DNS or the final EIS of the lead agency in making decisions on the proposal. No City of Spokane department shall prepare or require preparation of a DNS or EIS in addition to that prepared by the lead agency unless required under WAC 197-11-600. In some cases, the City of Spokane may conduct supplemental environmental review under WAC 197-11-600.
  4. If the City of Spokane or any of its departments receives a lead agency determination made by another agency that appears inconsistent with the criteria of WAC 197-11-253, or WAC 197-11-922 through 197-11-940, it may object to the determination. Any objection must be made to the agency originally making the determination and resolved within fifteen days of receipt of the determination or the City of Spokane must petition the department of ecology for a lead agency determination under WAC 197-11-946 within the fifteen-day time period. Any such petition on behalf of the City of Spokane may be initiated by the potential responsible official.
  5. Departments of the City of Spokane are authorized to make agreements as to lead agency status or shared lead agency duties for a proposal under WAC 197-11-942 and 197-11-944, provided that the responsible official and any department that will incur responsibilities as the result of such agreement approve the agreement.
  6. Any department making a lead agency determination for a private project shall require sufficient information from the applicant to identify which other agencies have jurisdiction over the proposal (that is, which agencies require nonexempt licenses).

Date Passed: Monday, February 21, 2005

Effective Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2005

ORD C33583 Section 3