What is the process?
A) Review of the petition
Once the petition, drawing or map and filing fee are submitted to the County Road Engineer, the petition is reviewed for completeness and ownership of the abutting properties. The County then reviews the public’s interest in the right-of-way, whether there is a current or anticipated long term need for the right-of-way and whether any utility or other stakeholder has an ongoing need for the right-of-way to remain public.
*Please note, the County Road Engineer may require a drawing prepared by a surveyor licensed by the state of Washington.
B) County Road Engineer recommendation
Based upon the review of current or anticipated need for the right-of-way, the County Road Engineer will issue a recommendation on whether the right-of-way should be vacated and what amount of compensation may be required of the petitioners as a condition of the County Council approving the vacation.
If a utility provider, stakeholder or neighboring property requires an easement over the area to be vacated, the petitioners will be notified and will work with the stakeholder to execute an easement. All compensation must be paid and all executed but unrecorded easements must be submitted before a road is vacated.
C) Public hearing
The County Hearing Examiner holds a public hearing on the County Road Engineer's recommendation. At the hearing, the petitioners and any interested party may present information to the Hearing Examiner. The Hearing Examiner will then issue a recommendation to the County Council.
D) County Council
The County Council will receive and review the Hearing Examiner's recommendation. The County Council will determine whether to approve or deny the petition for road vacation and what compensation may be required as a condition of approval.