SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act)

There are a variety of projects proposed in Ellensburg that fall under the State Environmental Policy Act or SEPA. As of April 1, 2020, the following projects and their supporting documents are available online (below):

P22-016 JUDGE RONALD RD 9-LOT SHORT PLAT

P22-016 SITE PLAN

P22-016-UPDATED WETLAND REPORT

P22-016 WETLAND ASSESSMENT 2018

P22-016 FINAL SEPA CHECKLIST

P22-057 and P22-059 FOSTER NORTH

P22-057 FINAL SEPA CHECKLIST

P22-057 SITE PLAN

P22-057 CRITICAL AREA REPORT

P22-057 TRIP GENERATION AND DISTRIBUTION LETTER

P22-074 CENTRAL WASHINGTON EQUINE HOSPTIAL SEPA

P22-074 SEPA CHECKLIST - Lakeside Equine 8.5.22 

P22-074 SITE PLAN 8.5.22

P22-074 WETLAND ASSESSMENT

P22-074 JURISDICTION LETTER

P22-077 MOTEL 6 SEPA

P22-077 SEPA CHECKLIST

P22-077 SITE PLAN

P21-131 STALDER REZONE-2307 N AIRPORT RD

P21-131 SEPA CHECKLIST

P21-132 SITE PLAN

P21-131 SITE PLAN BUFFERS

P21-118 BUILDING PLANS

P21-131 PRELIMINARY SEPA MDNS

P21-114 SPARKS E BENDER RD LONG PLAT

P21-114 SEPA CHECKLIST

P21-114 SITE PLAN

P22-114 SEPA MDNS 


SEPA Program

The City of Ellensburg, in Section 15.270 of the City Code, adopted the regulations of the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), SEPA RCW 43.21C.120 and the SEPA rules SEPA WAC 197-11-904. Per Section 15.270.030, when there is conflict between the two, any resolution shall be in favor of the provision that is most protective of the environment and meets the minimum standards of SEPA WAC Chapter 197-11 WAC

Applicants for land use and development proposals are subject to SEPA review, unless the projects are classified as a “Type I” Permit Review Process Type, per Ellensburg City Code (ECC) Section 15.210.030. A complete environmental checklist and a completed Critical Area Form shall be filed at the same time as an application for a development proposal.

 SEPA Environmental Checklist

 PA-02 Critical Area Review Application Form

 An environmental checklist is NOT needed if the responsible official determines that one of the following applies:

  1. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) is required
  2. SEPA compliance has been completed
  3. SEPA compliance has been initiated by another agency

Per ECC Section 270.120.C, if the City is the lead agency on a SEPA Review, information provided in the environmental checklist, critical area information form or critical area report and/or landmark certificate of approval application shall assist the responsible official in making a threshold determination.

The Time Guidelines are outlined in Bulletin PB-24 State Environmental Policy Act. Per ECC Section 15.270.060, the responsible official will make a threshold determination within 90 days, subject to the limitations of that section.

The applicant shall pay all costs related to environmental review in accordance with the chapter, including compliance with public notice requirements, per ECC Section 15.270.060.D.

SEPA Decisions 

When the city is the lead agency and renders a SEPA decision, per ECC Section 15.270.180 it may approve, condition, restrict, limit, modify or deny a development proposal under this chapter based on the following considerations:

  1. The conditions, restrictions or limitations are reasonably required to mitigate or prevent specific probable adverse environmental impacts identified in analytical documents prepared pursuant to this chapter or this title.
  2.  The conditions, restrictions or limitations are reasonably related to the services, demands, or other impacts caused or created by the development proposal, will mitigate or avoid the adverse impacts, and are capable of being accomplished.
  3.  The conditions, restrictions or limitations are based on one or more of the policies or goals identified in the comprehensive plan, other adopted city policies or the Ellensburg Municipal Code and cited in the decision document.
  4.  The policies or goals on which the conditions, restrictions or limitations are based were in effect when the DNS, MDNS or EIS was issued.
  5.  The conditions, restrictions or limitations are set forth in a written decision document.
  6.  Whether other local, state or federal requirements or mitigation measures applied to the development proposal are sufficient to mitigate an identified significant environmental impact. 

Appeals

Any interested person may appeal a threshold determination or the adequacy of a final EIS pursuant to the procedures set forth in this ECC Section 15.270.020. No other SEPA appeal shall be allowed. Appeals shall be as set out in ECC Chapter 15.230.