City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

Title 17G
Chapter 17G.050
Section 17G.050.070

Title 17G Administration and Procedures

Chapter 17G.050 Hearing Examiner

Article I. Office of Hearing Examiner

Section 17G.050.070 Jurisdiction
  1. The office of hearing examiner exercises all quasi-judicial powers and functions authorized by the city council.
  1. Specifically, the hearing examiner conducts public hearings and renders decisions on:
    1. Type III project permit applications including plats, planned unit developments, variances, certificates of compliance, rezones and conditional use permits;
    1. appeals from decisions of the director of planning services, engineering services, the building official and the responsible official under SEPA under the land use codes;
    1. appeals from decisions of the landmarks commission related to applications for certificate of appropriateness and determination of eligibility under SMC 17D.040.230;
    1. decisions appealed from the animal control agency on dangerous dog determinations. In addition, the hearing examiner is authorized to promulgate rules and procedures necessary to conduct the appeal hearings pursuant to SMC 10.03.020;
    1. appeals from the community advisory board and SMC 10.23A.070;
    1. decisions and interpretations of the fire official relating to the fire code;
    1.  such other matters as the council may from time to time refer.

The hearing examiner may refer any matter pending before him or her to the plan commission whenever there is involved a major question of policy.

  1. The hearing examiner has such other powers as are necessary to carry out the intent of this chapter, including to conduct pre-hearing conferences, to require the submittal of information, to schedule and continue hearings, to rule on all evidentiary, procedural and other matters, and to prescribe regulations and rules of procedure for the conduct of hearings and other proceedings authorized by this chapter, subject to the approval of the city council.
  1. The hearing examiner may include in a decision any conditions of approval that are necessary to insure that the proposal complies with all applicable zoning code criteria and comprehensive plan policies and does not adversely affect surrounding property or the area.
  1. The hearing examiner may revoke an approved permit for failure to comply with any such conditions, upon application by City officials or individuals with standing under chapter 17G.060 SMC.

Date Passed: Monday, October 14, 2019

Effective Date: Saturday, November 30, 2019

ORD C35816 Section 6