The 1990 Growth Management Act (RCW36.70A ) requires participating cities and counties to write comprehensive plans and development regulations to manage growth and prevent urban sprawl. Local governments that write plans under the Growth Management Act (GMA) must protect five types of critical areas: important fish and wildlife habitat areas; wetlands; critical aquifer recharge areas; frequently flooded areas; and geologically hazardous areas (such as steep slopes).
The GMA requires Kittitas County to comprehensively review its Critical Areas Ordinance periodically to make sure it keeps pace with changes in state law and is achieving the level of protection necessary to maintain the environmental and public benefits of critical areas. The Critical Areas Ordinance Title 17A KCC was last updated in 1994.
In conjunction with the regional SMP update process, Kittitas County has chosen to initiate an update to its Critical Areas Ordinance, as required by RCW36.70A.
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