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Current Development Services
Current Development Services
Current Development Services require land use review to ensure that new developments meet the minimum standards outlined in the Battle Ground Municipal Code in order to support the responsible and coordinated growth and development within the community. These standards address site development issues, including but not limited to vehicle and pedestrian access, parking, minimum lot size, building dimensions and setbacks.   

Land use applications have three main categories: Type I, Type II, and Type III as described below:

Type I (Administrative Quasi-Judicial).
This application involves no or very little discretionary decision making in application of the applicable development ordinances, and has little to no significant impact to abutting property owners and/or the public in general. Examples include boundary line adjustments, building permits and home occupations. 

Type II (Administrative Quasi-Judicial). This application type requires a higher degree of discretionary decision making in interpreting and applying the applicable development regulations, and has a greater degree of impact on abutting property owners and/or the general public. Examples include short plats, multifamily developments and commercial site plans abutting residential zones. 

Type III (Hearing Quasi-Judicial and Legislative). This application type requires a high degree of discretionary decision making in interpreting and applying development regulations, and/or has a high degree of impact on property owners within the vicinity of the site and the public in general. Examples include subdivisions, conditional use permits (CUPs), code interpretations, rezones and planned unit developments (PUDs), or amendments to the comprehensive plan or plan map.
s that are smaller in scope and overall size and are considered an administrative review.

Common Land Use Applications
  • Boundary Line Adjustment: A boundary line adjustment is the process by which an existing lot is modified in shape and/or size by the relocation of one or more property lines.
  • Legal Lot Determination:  A legal lot determination is a process in which a property owner is unsure if their lot is a legally established or a buildable lot.
  • Pre-application Conference: A pre-application conference is an opportunity for developers and property owners to discuss requirements with city staff before formally submitting a preliminary application. A pre-application conference is required before submitting any Type III land use application.
  • Short Plat: A short plat, also called a short subdivision, is a division of land into nine or fewer lots.
  • Sign Permit: Signs, including monuments, wall mounts, electronic reader boards, and freestanding signs, are reviewed by the Planning and Building divisions. One application is submitted and reviewed concurrently for your convenience.
  • Site Plan: This type of application is used to review commercial, multifamily residential, and industrial developments. It also covers small expansions or redevelopments of existing properties. Depending upon the size and scope of the project you could need either a Type I or a Type II application.
  • Subdivision: A subdivision is a division of land into ten or more lots.

To inquire on your property, such as zoning. lot size etc... you may visit Clark County's GIS website, and Battle Ground Municipal Code Title 17 "Zoning" or contact our City of Battle Ground Community Development Department to help guide you through this process.

Erin Erdman
Community Development Director
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109 S.W. 1st St., Suite 127
Battle Ground, WA 98604

Ph: (360) 342-5047
Fx: (360) 342-5049

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