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DevelopmentServicesDivision
2163011thAvenueSouth,SuiteD
DesMoines,WA98198
Phone:(206)8707576
www.desmoineswa.gov
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WHATISTHEPURPOSEOFAVARIANCEANDTHISWORKSHEET?
Ashorelinevarianceisthemechanismbywhichapropertyownercanrequestadjustmentsbemadeto
specificbulk,dimensionalorperformancestandards;whenthestrictapplicationofthesestandardsresultsin
anunduehardshiporthwarttheShorelineManagementActspoliciesasstatedinRCW90.58.202.Inthe
grantingofallShorelineVariances, considerationisrequiredtobegiventothecumulativeimpactof
additionalrequestsforlikeactionsinthearea;i.e.ifvariancesweregrantedtootherdevelopmentsinthe
areawheresimilarcircumstancesexist,thetotalofthevariancesshouldalsoremainconsistentwiththe
policiesofRCW90.58andshouldnotproduce substantialadverseeffectstotheshorelineenvironmentor
resultinanetlossofecologicalfunctions.Ashorelinevarianceisnottoallowusesthatareprohibited
ShorelineMasterProgram,makeadjustmentsbasedonthedesiresofthepropertyowner,orrectifya
conditionthatwastheresultoftheactionsofthepropertyowner.
Thisworksheethasbeendevelopedtohelpprospectiveapplicantspreparetherequireddocumentationthat
willfacilitatethesubmittalofacompleteapplication.Pleasenotethatthisisnottheofficialapplication,but
atooltoassistinthecompilationofthematerialsrequiredforthereviewbytheCity.Itisimportantthat
prospectiveapplicantscontacttheDevelopmentServicesDivisionpriortosubmittingofanapplicationas
someproject’smaynotrequirethesubmittalofallthematerialslistedormayr equireadditionalmaterials
notlisted.TheCityofDesMoinesofferspreapplication meetingsforallprojectsatnocos
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totheapplicant.
Application:Provideone(1)copyoftheJointAquaticResourcePermitApplication(JARPA)anda
completedMasterDevelopmentApplication.TheJARPAisavailableatthefollowingwebsite:
http://www.epermitting.wa.gov/site/alias__resourcecenter/jarpa_jarpa_form/9984/jarpa_form.aspx
AnonlinePDFfillableformversionoftheMasterDevelopmentApplicationisavailableatthefollowing
webaddress:http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/119
ProjectNarrative: Providefour(4)copies.Thenarrativeshouldprovideageneraldescriptionofthe
proposedprojectwhichincludestheproposeduseorusesandtheactivitiesnecessarytoaccomplish
theproject,adescriptionofthepropertyasitnowexistsincludingitsphysicalcharacteristicsand
improvementsandstructures,andadescriptionofthevicinityoftheproposedprojectincluding
identificationoftheadjacentuses,structuresandimprovements,intensityofdevelopmentand
physicalcharacteristics
Photographs:Submitphotographstoillustratethesubjectpropertyunderdiscussion.
StateEnvironmentalPolicyAct(SEPA)Documentation:AllshorelinevariancesrequireaSEPA
reviewinconjunctionwiththereviewofthevariancerequest;therefore,theapplicantshallprovide
two(2)copiesofacompleteSEPAChecklist.AwordversionoftheSEPAchecklistisavailableatthe
followingwebaddress:http://www.desmoineswa.gov/DocumentCenter/View/1647
NoticeMap:Provideone(1)copyoftheplatlayouton8.5”x11”paper.
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VicinityMap:Provideone(1)copyofavicinitymapon8.5”x11”paper.
Radiusmap:Pleaseprovide(1)copy.Theradiusmapshallidentifyallpropertieswithin300feetof
theproposedproperty.Theradiusmaybeenlargeddependingonthenatureoftheproject.
MailingLabels:Pleasesubmitone(1)copy.Provideacompletelistofthenames,parcelnumbers,
andtaxpayer’sofficialmailingaddressesasshownintherecordsoftheKingCountyAssessor’s
Websiteforallpropertieswithin300feetoftheboundariesofthesubjectsite.Iftheofficialmailing
addressisdifferentthanthesiteaddress,provideamailinglabelwiththesiteaddressaddressedto
“Occupant/Tenant”.Itwillbetheapplicant’sresponsibilitytocompletethemailing.
SitePlan:Pleaseprovidefour(4)copies.Theapplicantshallsubmitadimensionedplandrawnata
scaleof1"=20’ifthesiteisoneacreorless,1”=40’forsitesoveroneacre.Thesiteplanshould
includethefollowing:
Nameofproposedproject
Date,scale,andnortharrow
Theboundaryoftheparcel(s)oflanduponwhichthedevelopmentisproposed.
Theordinaryhighwatermarkofallwaterbodieslocatedadjacenttoorwithintheboundaryof
theproject.Thismaybeanapproximatelocationprovided,thatforanydevelopmentwherea
determinationofconsistencywiththeapplicableregulationsrequiresapreciselocationofthe
ordinaryhighwatermarkthemarkshallbelocatedpreciselyandthebiologicalandhydrological
basisforthelocationasindicatedontheplansshallbeincludedinthedevelopmentplan.
Wheretheordinaryhighwatermarkisneitheradjacenttoorwithintheboundaryofthe
project,theplanshallindicatethedistanceanddirectiontothenearestordinaryhighwater
markofashoreline.
Existingandproposedlandcontours.Thecontoursshallbeatintervalssufficienttoaccurately
determinetheexistingcharacterofthepropertyandtheextentofproposedchangetotheland
thatisnecessaryforthedevelopment.Areaswithintheboundarythatwillnotbealteredbythe
developmentmaybeindicatedassuchandcontoursapproximatedforthatarea.
Adelineationofallwetlandareasthatwillbealteredorusedasapartofthedevelopment.
Ageneralindicationofthecharacterofvegetationfoundonthesite.
Thedimensionsandlocationsofallexistingandproposedstructuresandimprovements
includingbutnotlimitedto;buildings,pavedorgraveledareas,roads,utilities,septictanksand
drainfields,materialstockpilesorsurcharge,andstormwatermanagementfacilities.
Whereapplicable,alandscapingplanfortheproject.
Whereapplicable,plansfordevelopmentofareasonoroffthesiteasmitigationforimpacts
associatedwiththeproposedprojectshallbeincludedandcontaininformationconsistentwith
therequirementsofthissection.
Quantity,sourceandcompositionofanyfillmaterialthatisplacedonthesitewhether
temporaryorpermanent.
Quantity,compositionanddestinationofanyexcavatedordredgedmaterial.
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Avicinitymapshowingtherelationshipofthepropertyandproposeddevelopmentoruseto
roads,utilities,existingdevelopmentsandusesonadjacentproperties.
Whereapplicable,adepictionoftheimpactstoviewsfromexistingresidentialusesandpublic
areas.
WrittenJustification:Pleaseprovidefour(4)copies.Theapplicantmustsubmitawritten
justificationexplaininghowtheapplicantcomplieswiththecriteriaprovidedbelow.Inpreparingthe
justificationstatement,theapplicantmustrestatethecriteriaandprovidethecorrespondinganswer
directlybeloweachofthecriteria.Inordertoapproveavariancerequest,theHearingExaminermust
findthatallof
thestandardsestablishedbySection7.5.2oftheSMPAaremet.
Describehowthestrictapplicationofthebulk,dimensionalorperformancestandardssetforth
intheSMPprecludes,orsignificantlyinterfereswith,reasonableuseoftheproperty.
Describehowthehardshipdescribedaboveisspecificallyrelatedtotheproperty,andisthe
resultofuniqueconditionssuchasirregularlotshape,size,ornaturalfeaturesandnot,for
example,fromdeedrestrictionsortheapplicant'sownactions.
Describehowthedesignoftheprojectwillbecompatiblewithotherpermittedactivitieswithin
theareaandwithusesplannedfortheareaunderthecomprehensiveplanandshoreline
masterprogramandwillnotcauseadverseimpactstotheshorelineenvironment.
Describehowthevariancedoesnotconstituteagrantofspecialprivilegenotenjoyedbyother
propertiesinthearea,andwillbetheminimumnecessarytoaffordrelief.
Describehowthepublicinterestwillsuffernosubstantialdetrimentaleffect.
Forvariancerequestfordevelopmentthatwillbelocatedeitherwaterwardoftheordinary
highwatermarkorwithinmarshes,bogsorswampsasdesignatedinWAC17322,the
applicantdescribehowtheprojectcomplieswiththeseadditionalstandards:
Describehowthestrictapplicationofthebulk,dimensionalorperformance
standardssetforthinthisProgramprecludesallreasonableuseoftheproperty.
Describehowthepublicrightsofnavigationanduseoftheshorelineswillnotbe
adverselyaffectedbythegrantingofthevariance.
ApplicationFees:AsrequiredbythecurrentDevelopmentServicesFeeSchedule.
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