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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
The Growth Management Act requires Washington counties to designate and protect
critical areas, such as streams (RCW
For the last 4 years, agricultural, environmental, and tribal representatives have
worked on a new, alternative approach to critical areas protection for agricultural
activities that the Legislature adopted in 2011 (ESHB
The legislation for this new, alternative approach is codified in
the Growth Management Act, as the "Voluntary Stewardship Program" (VSP).
On November 30, 2011, as authorized by
the Kittitas County Board of Commissioners adopted
Ordinance No 2011-012, electing to participate in the VSP, as an alternative
to RCW 36.70A.060,
for protecting critical areas in areas used for agricultural activities.
While the County is not required to implement the VSP until adequate State funding
is available, the County hosted a public open house event on February 28, 2012 to
provide information regarding the various aspects of the VSP and updates on the
timing for availability of funding.
Below are some of the materials that were shared at the open house:
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.