SEPA – State Environmental Policy Act

The State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) process identifies and analyzes environmental impacts associated with governmental decisions. These decisions may be related to issuing permits for private projects, constructing public facilities, or adopting regulations, policies, and plans.

The SEPA review process helps agency decision-makers, applicants, and the public understand how the entire proposal will affect the environment. SEPA can be used to modify or deny a proposal to avoid, reduce, or compensate for probable impacts. We oversee the rules and guidance for the state and we provide technical assistance to agencies, applicants, and citizens as they participate in the SEPA review process. We also serve as the SEPA lead or co-lead agency for some proposals.


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Current SEPA’s for the City of Selah







Project Location:       Citywide.

Project Applicant:     City of Selah, Community Development & Planning

File Numbers:             SEPA-2018-004

Date of Application: November 29, 2018

Date of Determination of Completeness:  November 29, 2018


Amendment to the City of Selah’s Title 10 Zoning and Development Regulations which include: 1. Additions to Table 10.28A Permitted, Administrative and Conditional Uses, which adds new land uses (business and industrial classifications) to the city’s commercial and industrial zoning districts; and 2. Changes to Selah Municipal Code 10.34 Off-Street Parking and Loading to update the City of Selah’s Table 34-1 Parking spaces required to be consistent with the industry standards of the Institute of Transportation Engineers Parking Generation Manual 4th Edition, and Environmental Review of the proposed regulations in their entirety. (See Environmental Checklist SEPA# 2018-004, and City of Selah Draft 2018 Zoning Amendment documents for further description and explanation online at:


This is to notify all the public and private agencies with jurisdiction and environmental expertise that the City of Selah Community Development and Planning Department has been established as the lead agency, pursuant to the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for the above stated project. The City of Selah is presently inclined towards the issuance of a Determination of Non- Significance (DNS) on this project.  WAC 197-11-355 is being used. This may be your only opportunity to comment on the environmental impacts of the proposed project.

Comment due date: December 14, 2018


Agencies, tribes, and the public are encouraged to review and comment on the proposed project and its probable environmental impacts. There is a 14-day comment period for this review.  All written comments received by December 14, 2018, will be considered prior to issuing the final threshold determination on this application.


A copy of the SEPA threshold determination will be mailed to the parties, agencies, and those who provided public comment after the end of the 14-day public comment period.

Open Record Public Hearing

Notice is hereby given that on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, commencing at 5:30 P.M., or as soon thereafter as practical, the City of Selah Planning Commission will conduct an open record public hearing in the Council Chambers, Selah City Hall, 115 W. Naches Ave. Selah, WA regarding consideration of the above-described zoning amendments. All interested persons may appear and provide testimony on the application. At the conclusion of the public hearing the Planning Commission will consider the matter and issue a recommendation to the City Council for approval, approval with conditions, or denial of the of the proposed amendments.


The draft 2018 Zoning Text Amendments and SEPA Checklist are available during regular business hours at the Planning Department at 222 South Rushmore Road, Selah, Washington 98942 or on the City of Selah’s website at The staff report will be available approximately one week before the hearing. Contact the Planning Department with project and/or procedural questions.


Dated this 29th day of November 2018.



Jeff Peters, Community Development Supervisor