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Kittitas (pronounced 'KITT-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 (GMA)
requires Kittitas County adopt and periodically update regulations that protect five types of critical
The Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance Title 17A KCC was last updated in 1994. An update to the Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance, which includes updates to the Comprehensive Plan policies and County regulations, is necessary to comply with state law. Kittitas County is currently working on this update. Please see the Meetings & Materials page for more information.
Kittitas County has prepared an initial draft of the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) update, as well as a presentation on the proposed updates.
Critical Areas Ordinance Draft
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.