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Lake Stevens City Council Adopts Updates to Critical Areas Ordinance

Posted on Jun 28, 2019 in:
  • Environment
  • Industry Issues
  • Advocacy

The Lake Stevens City Council unanimously adopted proposed changes to their critical areas ordinance (CAO) at its June 25 meeting. The ordinance will increase buffers by an estimated 14% and result in 370 additional acres of encumbered land. It also includes new language (in 14.88.830 Requirements) for wetland buffer requirements which assumes the buffer is vegetated with native plants performing needed functions and, if not, the buffer will need to be planted to create the appropriate plant community or be widened.

Most changes were following Department of Ecology guidance and model ordinance and not optional. Your association successfully advocated for a 90-day delayed implementation of the ordinance.View the adopted critical areas ordinance.

Contact Snohomish County Manager Dylan Sluder, 425.460.8236, with any questions.

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