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Habitable floor: any floor usable for living, working, sleeping, eating, cooking, or recreation, excluding floors used only for storage.

Habitat assessment: a written document that describes a project, identifies and analyzes the project’s impacts to habitat for species discussed in the “Endangered Species Act – Section 7 Consultation Final Biological Opinion and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Essential Fish Habitat Consultation for the Implementation of the National Flood Insurance Program in the State of Washington, Phase One Document – Puget Sound Region,” and provides an effects determination.

Hatchery: a facility for the rearing and/or holding of fish, the design of which is compatible with the natural environment and contains minimal development necessary for fish propagation.

Hazardous substances: any liquid, solid, gas, or sludge, including any material, substance, product, commodity, or waste, regardless of quantity, that exhibits any of the physical, chemical, or biological properties described in WAC 173-303-090 or 173-303-100.

Hazardous tree: a tree which poses an imminent danger of falling in such a way as to possibly cause personal injury or property damage.

Hearing Examiner: the City of Snohomish Hearing Examiner. A third-party land use attorney who is charged with conducting open record public hearings and given authority to make decisions on certain land use permits and appeals. Refer to Chapter 14.95 SMC.

Heavy equipment repair: the sale, repair and maintenance of self-powered, self-propelled, or pull-type equipment and machinery intended for heavy duty work such as earthmoving, construction, lifting, drilling, or paving, including engines.

Height overlay: a designated area for which additional building height is permitted through incentives, including but not limited to, Transfer of Development Rights.

Helipad: a landing area designed for the landing of helicopters, including associated parking, lighting, and related safety/security improvements.

Highest adjacent grade: for development in flood hazard areas only, the highest natural elevation of the ground surface prior to construction next to the proposed walls of a structure.

Highway Capacity Manual: the Highway Capacity Manual, Special Report 209, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 2016, 500 Fifth Street NW, Washington, D.C., amendments thereto, and any supplemental editions or documents published by the Transportation Research Board adopted by the U.S. Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration.

Historic structure: any structure that is:

1. Listed individually in the National Register of Historic Places as maintained by the U.S. Department of the Interior or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as meeting the requirements for individual listing on the National Register;

2. Certified or preliminarily determined by the Secretary of the Interior as contributing to the historical significance of a registered historic district or a district preliminarily determined by the Secretary to qualify as a registered historic district;

3. Individually listed on a state inventory of historic places in states with historic preservation programs which have been approved by the Secretary of the Interior; or

4. Individually listed on a local inventory of historic places in communities with historic preservation programs that have been certified either:

a. By an approved state program as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, or

b. Directly by the Secretary of the Interior in states without approved programs.

Home occupation: a limited-scale business activity undertaken for financial gain with minimal or no on-site sales or customer visits, which occurs in a dwelling unit or accessory building and is subordinate to the primary use of the premises as a residence.

Homeless encampment: an emergency homeless encampment, sponsored by a religious organization and managed by said religious organization or other managing agency, which provides temporary housing to homeless persons either within buildings located on the property owned or leased by a religious organization or located elsewhere on said property outside of buildings. The term “homeless encampment” shall not apply to the provision of indoor temporary housing or indoor sleeping accommodations to homeless persons where the period of accommodation lasts less than forty-eight (48) consecutive hours.

Hotel/motel: a commercial establishment of three (3) or more lodging units that is licensed by the State of Washington that provides transient accommodations for stays of less than thirty (30) days. Hotels/motels must provide twenty-four (24) hour on-site management. They may provide laundry and meal services. Allowed accessory uses are limited to a restaurant and meeting/conference rooms which may be open to the public and swimming pools and fitness centers for on-site customer use only. (Ord. 2401, 2020; Ord. 2434, 2022)