Portions of the recently adopted regulations for Environmentally Critical Areas (ECA) have been challenged. The challenge is in the form of a Petition for Review, which is provided for under the Growth Management Act (GMA). The challenge includes several issues, including the adequacy of the regulations with regard to earthquake hazards, wetlands protection, and shoreline and riparian corridor buffers.
The GMA Hearings Board will hear the petition on July 17. GMA calls for the board to rule on the petition within 180 days, unless the parties agree to allow more time. The board’s decision can be appealed to King County Superior Court.
Until further notification, the newly adopted ECA regulations will continue to be enforced. When available, updates will be posted on DPD’s website.