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Environmentally Critical Areas Update

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Reviewing and updating our environmentally critical areas code to ensure we follow current best practices and state rules.

What's Happening Now? 

Our updated environmentally critical areas (ECA) regulations took effect on May 15, 2017. In addition to the updated regulations, we have updated Director's Rule 5-2007, Great Blue Heron Management Plan. We published the proposed Director’s Rule on Thursday May 25 in the Land Use Information Bulletin. Our Director’s Report summarizes the proposed changes about our ECA update. Check out our Director’s Report, the two Director’s Rules, and the regulations, on our project documents page.

On May 15, 2017, we updated the Tips that address our changes to the ECA regulations:

Project Benefits

By updating our ECA policies and regulations to improve their effectiveness and to include updated best available science, we can better protect our critical areas and manage development in areas that are hazardous to build on. We can also enhance the urban environment by protecting wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, riparian corridors, and other ecological resources. The health of these areas is an important indicator of the overall health and well-being of our city.

The End Result

Our updated ECA policies and regulations will continue to comply with the Growth Management Act and include current best available science.

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