City Council Adopts New Moratorium on Acceptance of Applications for Concurrency Certificates - Public Hearing set for September 1, 2020

Release Date: July 29, 2020


Sammamish, WA | July 29, 2020


 At the July 28th City Council Special Meeting, the City Council voted to repeal Ordinances Nos. O2020-501 and O2020-502 and replace with a new moratorium on the acceptance of applications for concurrency certificates under Sammamish Municipal Code (SMC) Chapter 14A.10.  There are no substantive changes between the repealed and new moratorium ordinances.  The new moratorium is effective immediately for a period of six (6) months.

The Growth Management Act (GMA) grants Washington cities’ governing bodies the right to establish and adopt a moratorium related to land use and development applications.  The City Council put in place this moratorium as it continues to evaluate and appropriately regulate issues, potential impacts, and environmental concerns arising with development in Sammamish.

Exempted from the moratorium are public agencies (e.g. schools) and applications for concurrency certificates that were submitted prior to April 22, 2020.

 “Responsible growth and development is one of the Council’s highest priorities.  Per the Don Gerend v. City of Sammamish hearing, the Growth Management Hearing Board (GMBH) directed the City to reflect the new concurrency changes within the Comprehensive Plan and make sure it works with SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act),” said Mayor Karen Moran. “The City Council has directed the City Manager and his staff to work on this significant undertaking of complying with the GMHB’s remand.  It is critical that the Comprehensive Plan fully reflects the City’s approach to infrastructure and growth.”

The City Council will hold a public hearing on September 1, 2020, in order to take public testimony and consider adopting further findings of fact.

The full Ordinance can be found here: