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1.07.020 Definitions.

(Amended by Ordinance Nos. 177556 and 189613, effective August 23, 2019.)    As used in this Chapter, the following definitions apply:

A.  “Binding City Policy” means statements of the City Council, expressed in a resolution or ordinance, that are directed to future decision-making or procedure and have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria.  Such resolutions or ordinances must state in their text that the policy being adopted is a “Binding City Policy.”  Examples include policies establishing requirements for City employees or other matters regulating the City’s budget and internal management.  This category of policies excludes Comprehensive Plan policies, which are organized separately.

B.  “Non-binding City Policy” means a statement of the City Council’s opinion,  expressed in a resolution or ordinance, which does not have binding effect or serve as mandatory approval criteria for future decision-making. Such resolutions or ordinances must state in their text that the policy being adopted is a “Non-Binding City Policy.”  Examples include statements urging support for charitable or political efforts and statements encouraging civic involvement.

C.  “Administrative rule” means binding requirements, regulations or procedures that are formally adopted by the City Council, by a City official pursuant to rule-making authority expressly delegated by the City Council through a binding resolution or ordinance, or by the City Auditor pursuant to rule-making authority granted by the City Charter or delegated by the City Council.  An administrative rule must be labeled as or  state in its text that it is an “Administrative Rule.”

D.  “Bureau Policy” means a requirement or procedure adopted by a Bureau, Department or Office in the absence of formally delegated rule-making authority that has binding effect on the Bureau, Department or Office. Examples include bureau-specific work rules and administrative procedures. 

E.  “Formally adopted” means adopted by City Council, by another City official pursuant to procedures contained in a delegation of authority from the City Council, or by the City Auditor pursuant to rule-making authority granted by the City Charter or delegated by the City Council.

F.  “Comprehensive Plan Policy” means a policy that relates to the exercise of the City’s zoning and land use responsibilities.

G.  “Legislation” means a municipal law, enacted by ordinance.