Critical Areas Ordinance Update

The County’s critical areas regulations (Skamania County Code Title 21A) address wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, critical aquifer recharge areas, frequently flooded areas, and geologically hazardous areas throughout the County. All critical areas must be designated and their functions and values protected using the best available scientific information – known as best available science or BAS.

Skamania County first adopted its Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) in July 1997. Minor amendments were adopted in May 2005. A review of the ordinance was last completed in December 2014 which did not make any changes to the ordinance and the ordinance remains largely the same is when first adopted. As part of this review, the County anticipates the adoption of a revised Critical Areas Ordinance.

Why is the County updating its Critical Areas Ordinance now?

The Growth Management Act (GMA) sets forth various land use planning requirements for Washington's 39 counties.  As a partially planning county, Skamania County is required to address critical areas and natural resource lands in its GMA planning. The County is currently undergoing its periodic review of its Critical Areas Ordinance, and is required to review, and if necessary, update its critical areas regulations by June 2019.

Project Updates

Critical Areas Ordinance Update Open House (Agenda)

When: Wednesday, November 7, 2018, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Where: Hegewald Center, West Meeting Room, 710 SW Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson, WA

Skamania County is reviewing and updating its Critical Areas Ordinance. This is a periodic update required by the Washington State Growth Management Act.

The County’s critical areas regulations address wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, critical aquifer recharge areas, frequently flooded areas, and geologically hazardous areas throughout the County.

Please join us to review the proposed update and provide input. The draft ordinance is available for review below. For more information, contact Alan Peters, Assistant Planning Director, at apeters@co.skamania.wa.us.

Draft Critical Areas Ordinance

A draft of the proposed Critical Areas Ordinance update is available for your review and comment:

Chapter 19.01 General Critical Area Provisions (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.02 Definitions (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.03 Wetlands (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.04 Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.05 Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.06 Frequently Flooded Areas (10/2018 Draft)

Chapter 19.07 Geologically Hazardous Areas (10/2018 Draft)

Staff Contact

The project manager for this review is Alan Peters, Assistant Planning Director. Please contact him at apeters@co.skamania.wa.us with any suggestions or concerns or if you would like to be added to a mailing list for periodic updates. 

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Skamania County is updating its Critical Areas Ordinance.
 
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