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The Zoning Administrator shall enforce the provisions of this Title, and shall:

(a) Conduct such inspections of buildings, structures, and use of land as are necessary to determine compliance with the terms of this Title;

(b) Establish, with the approval of the Council, and administer rules for the conduct of the Zoning Administrator's office;

(c) Maintain permanent and current records of documents and proceedings under this Title;

(d) Provide and maintain a continuing program of education and public information on zoning matters;

(e) Recommend abatement of violations of this Title and aid in prosecution thereof;

(f) Receive, file, and transmit to the appropriate approval body all planning applications and all appeals which the designated approval body is authorized to review or to take final action upon under the provisions of this Title;

(g) Interpret provisions of the zoning ordinance, subject to appeal of the decision to the Planning Commission;

(h) Have the authority to review and approve, conditionally approve, or disapprove the following types of projects, provided that the projects are categorically exempt or require a negative declaration under the State CEQA Guidelines, subject to public notice and to appeal of the final action to the Planning Commission:

(1) Site plan and architectural review for:

(A) Projects less than 6 residential dwelling units or 10,000 square feet of non-residential developments;

(B) Other minor site improvements including but not limited to: parking lots, landscaping, recreation facilities, accessory structures, recycling collection areas, circular driveways in R-1, R-2 districts;

(C) Fences over 6 feet and those over 3 feet when located in a front yard setback or within thirty-five (35) feet of a street intersection line, authorized by Section 27.66.050(1)(e), Structures in Required Yards.

(D) Freestanding signs.

(2) Site development permits for removal of major vegetation required for the construction of single-family or duplex dwellings, or grading of 5,000 cubic yards or less under Section 23.140.120(1).

(3) Variances as authorized by Section 27.78.040, for single-family, secondary units, or duplex dwellings and for minor site improvements as described in h(1) above.

(4) Temporary use permits authorized by Section 27.74.030(b) and 27.74.040, Temporary Use Permit.

(5) Modifications authorized by Section 27.08.080(a), Modifications.

(6) Special permits to allow the following:

(A) Recycling facilities subject to regulations established in Chapter 27.69;

(B) Plumbing in detached accessory buildings in the R-1 zone, as authorized under Section 27.18.020(1);

(C) Substantial removal of existing residences in an R1 zoning district;

(D) Temporary real estate sales offices, as authorized under Section 27.18.020(12);

(E) Swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas located in required front or street side yards, as authorized under Section 27.18.020(13); and

(F) Additional floor area ratio in the R-3 District, as authorized under Section 27.22.050.

(7) Concurrent development of two or more contiguous lots or parcels of real property in R-1 and R-2 districts authorized by Section 27.18.110(b)(8).

(8) Parcel Maps without exceptions as authorized by Title 26 (subdivision).

Notwithstanding the above, if the Zoning Administrator finds that any planning application involves an unresolved city policy issue or that there is public controversy regarding the application, the Zoning Administrator shall refer the application to the Planning Commission for hearing and action.

(9) R1 Design Review Applications.