Boundary Review Board

The Washington State Boundary Review Board for Chelan County reviews proposals for boundary changes by cities, towns and special-purpose districts (such as fire districts) within Chelan County, including city or district annexations.

Among the objectives of a Boundary Review Board are: preservation of natural neighborhoods and communities; the prevention of abnormally irregular boundaries; incorporation as cities or towns, or annexation to cities or towns of unincorporated areas that are urban in nature; and the protection of agricultural and rural lands, as designated for long-term production in an adopted comprehensive plan.

The Board must base its decisions on specific factors and objectives stated in the Boundary Review Board Act (RCW 36.93). It can approve, modify and approve, or deny a proposal. Its decisions are final unless appealed to the Superior Court of Chelan County.

The Board is a quasi-judicial, administrative body. This means it makes decisions following procedures like those of a court of law, but only in a narrow administrative role. For example, after hearing sworn testimony from witnesses, the Board can decide on proposed new city boundaries (i.e. annexations). Board members cannot decide what the zoning should be, or whether a site should be in or out of an urban growth area — zoning and urban growth area boundaries are under the authority of the cities and county.

Board members are residents of Chelan County. The Board consists of five members, two of whom are appointed by the Governor, one by the mayors of the cities in the county, one by the Board of Chelan County Commissioners, and one by the Board itself. Members are not allowed to hold other local government elected or appointed positions or jobs.

The Board employs a non-member through the Chelan County Assessor’s Office to serve as the Chief Clerk. The Chelan County Prosecutor's Office provides legal counsel.

 

Rules of Practice & Procedure

On Dec. 15, the Board will discuss the adoption of its Rules of Practice and Procedure at its scheduled meeting. The Notice of Intent to Adopt Rules of Practice and Procedure was filed in Superior Court on Nov. 18. Read the notice here.

Posted: 11/23/2021 01:52 PM
Last Updated: 11/23/2021 03:44 PM

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