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A. The planning director shall be authorized to interpret the meaning of words, phrases and sentences which relate to the determining of uses permitted in the various zones, approval or disapproval of development plans, or other related zoning actions. Any interpretations regarding implementation of this title shall be made in accordance with the intent or purpose statement of the specific regulation and the comprehensive plan. Life, safety and public health regulations are assumed to prevail over all other regulations.

B. The planning director may authorize uses in a zone other than those which are listed, if the planning director determines the use is consistent with the intent of the zone and is of the same general character of the uses permitted within the zone. Further guidance on administrative interpretations of land uses can be found in ACC 18.02.120.

C. Administrative interpretations may be appealed to the hearing examiner as prescribed in Chapter 18.70 ACC.

D. Administrative interpretations made by the planning director shall be documented, made available for public review, and docketed for inclusion to this title, when consistent with the title format and level of detail required. The city shall incorporate administrative interpretations upon approval of the legislative authority. (Ord. 6245 § 2, 2009; Ord. 5026 § 1, 1997; Ord. 4229 § 2, 1987. Formerly 18.02.040.)