The purpose of review of land division applications is to ensure the health, safety and general welfare of the public. In reviewing a land division a finding of adequate provisions for access, water, sewer, parks and other public requirements is required. In addition, the review will ensure compliance with zoning standards and local plans and policies.
Division of Land
The division of land into lots is governed by the State and by city ordinances. State law RCW 58.17 and Washougal Municipal Code Section 17.44 establishes two land division types that are regulated differently:
"Subdivision" means the division of land into 10 or more lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale or lease; and
"Short subdivision" (also known as a Short Plat) means the division of land into nine or fewer lots, tracts, parcels, sites or divisions for the purpose of sale or lease.
Short subdivisions (Short Plats) are considered Type II applications and are reviewed administratively while Subdivisions are considered a Type III and require a public hearing in front the city's land use hearings examiner.
Both of these processes require you to submit for a Pre-Application Conference (PDF). This allows the city to review your proposal and then meet with you and provide a report detailing what will be required should you choose to go forward with the land division.