The Critical Areas Ordinance contains numerous requirements to help protect designated critical areas. The most prevalent include setback-and use- restrictions. Briefly, for wetlands, "buffer" setbacks can range from 25-200 feet, depending on the classification of the wetland; Fish and wildlife habitat requirements regulate uses within 1/4 mile of "point" locations (dens and nests) of priority species and require "buffers" ranging from 25-250 feet of riparian areas adjacent to flowing rivers and some creeks; Geo-hazard areas requirements regulate development on slopes of 30% or greater and Critical Aquifer Recharge Areas limit allowable uses within designated areas to help protect groundwater quality. Please contact the department for further information to determine if these Critical Areas could impact your project.
Read County Code Section 6.12.010.