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Natural or Existing Topography. The topography of the lot, parcel, or tract of real property immediately prior to any site preparation or grading, including excavation or filling. (Ord. 4055, 9-25-89; Ord. 3914, 5-23-88, § 26)

Negative Declaration (of environmental significance). An environmental assessment declaring no significant adverse environmental impacts.

Net Square Feet. The total number of square feet within the inside finished wall surface of the outer building walls of a structure, excluding major vertical penetrations of the floor (elevator and other mechanical shafts, stair wells), mechanical equipment, parking areas, common restrooms, common lobbies, and common hallways. Storage area is included in the net square feet calculation unless the property owner demonstrates that it cannot be converted to habitable space. (Ord. 3747, 1-20-87, § 22)

New Development. Development of a site not previously developed or redevelopment of a site which involves demolition of all existing structures and construction of new structures. (Ord. 4973, 3-3-97, § 402; Ord. 4816, 11-27-95, § 502)

Nonbuilding Tract. A fractional part of subdivided lands having fixed boundaries, which is dedicated or reserved by appropriate covenant or plat restriction for purposes of ingress, egress, utility access, open space, drainage or other purpose necessary to the public welfare and which prohibits or precludes improvements for the purpose of human habitation or occupancy. Any lot so dedicated as a nonbuilding tract shall not be considered a lot for purposes of calculating the number of lots included in a short subdivision. (Ord. 3937, 7-18-88, § 7)

Nonconforming. A use, structure, site or lot which conformed to the applicable codes in effect on the date of creation but which no longer complies because of changes in Code requirements or annexation. (Ord. 4075, 10-23-89, § 2)

Nonconforming Lot . A lot which does not conform to the area, width, depth or street frontage regulations of the district in which it is located. (Ord. 3921, 6-20-88, § 5)

Nonconforming Site. A lot which does not conform to site development regulations, including but not limited to, the landscaping, parking, fence, driveway, street opening, pedestrian amenity, screening and curb cut regulations of the district in which it is located due to changes in Code requirements, condemnation or annexation. (Ord. 5480, 10-20-03, § 34; Ord. 4075, 10-23-89, § 2)

Nonconforming Structure. A structure which does not conform to the dimensional regulations, including but not limited to, setback, height, lot coverage, density and building configuration regulations of the district in which it is located due to changes in Code requirements or annexation. For structures not conforming to Building Code requirements, see UBC Section 104. (Ord. 4075, 10-23-89, § 2)

Nonconforming Use. The use of a structure or of land which does not conform to the regulations of the district in which the use exists due to changes in Code requirements or annexation. (Ord. 4075, 10-23-89, § 2)

Nursing Home. Any home, place or institution which operates or maintains facilities providing convalescent or chronic care, for 24 consecutive hours for three or more patients not related by blood or marriage to the operator, who by reason of illness or infirmity, are unable properly to care for themselves. Convalescent and chronic care may include but not be limited to any or all procedures commonly employed in waiting on the sick, such as administration of medicines, preparation of special diets, giving of bedside nursing care, application of dressings and bandages, and carrying out of treatment prescribed by a duly licensed practitioner of the healing arts. It may also include care of mentally incompetent persons. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to include general hospitals or other places which provide care and treatment for the acutely ill and maintain and operate facilities for major surgery or obstetrics, or both. Nothing in this definition shall be construed to include any boarding home, guest home, hotel or related institution which is held forth to the public as providing, and which is operating to give only board, room and laundry to persons not in need of medical or nursing treatment or supervision except in the case of temporary acute illness. The mere designation by the operator of any place or institution as a hospital, sanitarium, or any other similar name, which does not provide care for the acutely ill and maintain and operate facilities for major surgery or obstetrics, or both, shall not exclude such place or institution from the provisions of this Code; provided, that any nursing home providing psychiatric treatment shall, with respect to patients receiving such treatment, comply with the provisions of RCW 71.12.560 and 71.12.570. See Chapter 18.51 RCW.