A. After a short plat application is complete according to SPMC 15.08.070, the town planner will make a recommendation and forward it to the town council.
B. In reviewing the application for recommendation for short plat approval, the town planner will consider the following criteria:
1. Whether the short plat meets applicable zoning and other land use regulatory requirements of the town and state;
2. Whether adequate sidewalks and other planning features exist on the proposed short subdivision that assure safe walking conditions for students walking to and from the bus stop and others who might use the sidewalk;
3. Whether the design, shape, size, and orientation of the proposed short subdivision are appropriate to the proposed use for which the lots are intended and are compatible with the character of the area in which they are located;
4. The recommendations of the utilities department and other agencies and personnel listed in SPMC 15.64.020(B), if they gave recommendations;
5. No short plat covering any land situated in a flood control zone (as provided in Chapter 86.16 RCW) will be approved unless prior written approval from the state Department of Ecology is provided. Construction of protective improvements may be required as a condition of approval, and the improvements will be noted on the approved short plat;
6. Whether easements are provided and conveyed where necessary for utility installation and maintenance, public access, drainage, and buffer strip or protective easements;
7. When only a portion of an entire tract is proposed to be short subdivided, how the proposed lots and improvements will eventually relate and coordinate with the entire tract when fully platted.
C. In accordance with Chapter 58.17 RCW, the town planner will also consider:
1. Whether the proposed subdivision is in conformance with the town’s comprehensive plan;
2. Whether appropriate provisions have been made for, but not limited to, the public health, safety, and general welfare, for open spaces, drainage ways, streets or roads, alleys, other public ways; transit stops, potable water supplies, sanitary wastes, parks and recreation, playgrounds, schools and school grounds;
3. Whether sidewalks and other planning features assure safe walking conditions for people who use them, including students who only walk to and from the school bus stop;
4. Whether capital facilities to be provided by the town can be provided concurrently with the expected development, in accordance with the comprehensive plan;
5. Whether the public interest will be served by the subdivision and dedication;
6. The physical characteristics of the proposed subdivision, including flood, inundation, or wetland conditions (which are grounds for disapproval). No plat will be approved if it covers any land situated in a flood control zone as provided in Chapter 86.16 RCW without the prior written approval of the Washington Department of Ecology;
7. Any information provided as a result of compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act.