Critical area regulations place development restrictions on properties containing streams, wetlands, springs, steep slopes and other features. These regulations are more restrictive than basic zoning standards addressing issues such as setbacks and lot coverage. The City currently has two sets of critical area regulations:
Critical area regulations in the Shoreline Master Program were adopted in 2002.
The City is preparing revisions to both the critical area regulations and Shoreline Master Program (SMP). One of the goals of this work is to merge the two sets of critical area regulations into a single code that will apply citywide. This will involve removing the regulations from the SMP and inserting a reference to Chapter 19.37. All critical area regulations will be consolidated to Chapter 19.37. Other changes will include:
Planning Commission took action on amendments to the City's Critical Areas Regulations on March 19, 2019. That matter will be scheduled for City Council action to a date uncertain.