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A. Approving authority. "Approving authority" means the City employee, agency or official having authority to issue the approval or permit for the development involved.

B. Arterial unit. "Arterial unit" means a street, segment of a street, or portion of a street or a system of streets, including an intersection, consistent with the level-of-service methodology adopted in the City Comprehensive Plan and consistent with the criteria established by the Director, for the purpose of making level-of-service concurrency determinations.

C. Arterial Unit in arrears. "Arterial unit in arrears" means any arterial unit operating below the adopted level-of-service standard adopted in the Comprehensive Plan, except where improvements to such a unit have been programmed in the City six-year Transportation Improvement Program adopted pursuant to RCW 36.81.121. with funding identified that would remedy the deficiency within six years.

D. Capacity improvements. "Capacity improvements" means any improvements that increase the vehicle and/or people moving capacity of the street system.

E. Comprehensive Plan. "Comprehensive Plan" means the generalized, coordinated land use policy statement of the City adopted pursuant to Chapter 36.70A RCW, which may include a land use plan, a capital facilities plan, a Transportation Element, subarea plans, and any such other documents or portions of documents identified as constituting part of the Comprehensive Plan under Chapter 36.70A RCW.

F. Dedication. "Dedication" means conveyance of land to the City for street purposes by deed or some other instrument of conveyance or by dedication on a duly filed and recorded plat or short plat.

G. Department. "Department" means the City of Snohomish Public Works Department.

H. Developer. "Developer" means the person applying for or receiving a permit or approval for a development.

I. Development. "Development" means all activities that require the following types of City permits or approvals: subdivisions, short subdivisions, industrial or commercial building permits, conditional use permits, recorded development plans, or building permits (including building permits for multi-family and duplex residential structures, and all similar uses), changes in occupancy and other applications pertaining to land uses; provided that “development” does not include building permits for single-family residential dwellings, attached or detached accessory apartments, or duplex conversions, on existing tax lots.

J. Direct traffic impact. “Direct traffic impact” means any new vehicular trip added by new development to the City street system.

K. Director. “Director” means the City of Snohomish Department of Public Works Director or his/her authorized designee.

L. Frontage improvements. “Frontage improvements” means improvements on streets abutting a development and tapers thereto required as a result of a development. Generally, frontage improvements shall consist of appropriate base materials, curb, gutter, sidewalk, storm drainage improvements, bus pullouts and waiting areas where necessary, bicycle lanes and bicycle paths where applicable, and lane improvements.

M. Highway capacity manual. “Highway capacity manual” means the Highway Capacity Manual, Special Report 209, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 1985, 2101 Constitution Avenue, 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.

N. Inadequate street condition. “Inadequate street condition” means any street condition, whether existing on the street system or created by a new development’s access or impact on the street system, which jeopardizes the safety of street users, including no automotive users, as determined by the City engineer in accordance with the Department policy and procedure for the determination of inadequate street conditions.

O. Level-of-service. “Level-of-service” or “LOS” means a qualitative measure describing operational conditions within a traffic stream and the perception thereof by street users. Level-of-service standards may be evaluated in terms such as speed and travel time, freedom to maneuver, traffic interruptions, comfort, convenience, geographic accessibility, and safety. The highway capacity manual defines six levels of service for each type of facility for which analysis procedures are available. They are given letter designations, LOS A to F, with LOS A representing the best operating condition, and LOS F the worst. For the purposes of this Chapter, level-of-service will be measured only on arterial units.

P. Offsite street or street improvement. “Offsite street or street improvement” means an improvement, except a frontage improvement, to an existing or proposed City street, which improvement is required or recommended in accordance with this Chapter.

Q. Public agency. “Public agency” means any school district, public water, sewer or utility district, fire district, airport district, public transportation benefit area, or local government agency, seeking a land use permit or approval reviewed under this Chapter.

R. Street. “Street” means an open, public way for the passage of vehicles, that where appropriate, may include pedestrian, equestrian and bicycle facilities. Limits include the outside edge of sidewalks, or curbs and gutters, paths, walkways, or side ditches, including the appertaining shoulder and all slopes, ditches, channels, waterways, and other features necessary for proper drainage and structural stability within the right-of-way or access easement.

S. Street system. “Street system” means those existing or proposed City streets within the transportation service area.

T. Transportation Element. “Transportation Element” means the element of the City’s Comprehensive Plan that consists of transportation goals and policies, an inventory of transportation facilities and services, adopted level of service standards for the street system, an analysis of the street system’s deficiencies and needs, prioritized street system improvements and management strategies, and a multiyear financial plan, adopted pursuant to Ch. 36.70A RCW.

U. Transportation Facilities Plan. “Transportation Facilities Plan” means the City approved document containing the prioritized improvements and projects designated by the City to implement the six-year Transportation Improvement Program.

V. Transportation service area. “Transportation service area” means the entire geographic area of the City, as identified and utilized in the Transportation Element for the purpose of evaluating the transportation impacts of development, determining proportionate shares of needed transportation improvements, and allocating revenue to transportation improvement projects.