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2017 Work Plan: Development Regulation Update

Critical Areas Ordinance Update

 

Project Description Anticipated
SEPA Process
Anticipated Completion Status
Critical Areas Ordinance Update ​DNS Issued Aug 15 BOCC
Public Hearing

Updates

Board of Island County Commissioners Public Hearing

The Island County Board of Commissioners will be holding a public hearing on August 15th, 2017 at 6pm in the Board of County Commissioners Hearing Room (1 NE 6th St, Coupeville WA 98232). The public hearing will be on two ordinances; 

  • C-86-17 In the matter of repealing chapters 17.02 and 17.02A ICC, and Amending Chapter 17.02B ICC, and other related code provisions, and agricultural best management practices for existing and ongoing agriculture as a part of the Critical Areas Ordinance periodic review.
  • C-87-17 In the matter of adopting the Island County Surface Water Quality monitoring Plan as a part of the Critical Areas Ordinance periodic review.
Staff have recommended changes to Ordinance C-86-17, that the Board will consider on the 15th, to address public comments recieved. 

Changes Proposed for Ongoing Agriculture and Critical Areas

As a part of the Critical Areas Ordinance Update, Island County Planning and Community Development is proposing changes to encourage the continued use of agriculture on smaller parcels while simultaneously ensuring our critical areas are protected. Please see the handout linked below for a summary of the proposal.

Hand Out Explanation of CAO-Ag Changes 6-21-17

SEPA Determination Issued

Island County has issued a Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) in accordance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) for proposed revisions to the Island County Critical Areas Ordinance. Island County has determined that this non-project proposal does not have a probable significant adverse impact on the environment. An environmental impact statement (EIS) is not required under RCW 43.21C.030(2)(c). This decision was made after review of a completed environmental checklist and other information on file with Island County.  To view the proposed changes and the SEPA determination please follow the links below:

CAO 2017 Notice of DNS

CAO DNS 6-22-17

2017 CAO SEPA Checklist 6-22-17

ICC CAO Underline Strikethrough CLEAN 6-21-17

ICC CAO Underline Strikethrough - Moves Shown 6-21-17

Regulatory Matrix 6-21-17

CAO Definition Matrix 5-4-17

Draft BMPs RA and CA 6-20-17

Supplemental BMP's Rural Zone 6-20-17

Department of Commerce 60 Day Review

Island County Planning and Community Development recently sent a Draft of the Critical Areas Ordinance proposed changes to the Washington State Department of Commerce for 60 day review. To view the materials sent to Commerce please follow the links below:

CAO Definition Matrix 5-4-17

Critical Area Ord BMP C-151-99

GMS Review 60 Day Notice 5-4-17

ICC CAO Underline Strikethrough 5-4-17

Memo for Dept of Commerce CAO Review 5-4-17

Full Regulatory Matrix 5-22-17

Expanded Checklist for Critical Areas 5-9-17

Project Summary

As a part of the comprehensive plan update, Island County is required by the Growth Management Act (GMA) to review, and if necessary, update its critical areas regulations (RCW 36.70A.130). The GMA establishes five specific categories of critical areas, including; wetlands, critical aquifer recharge areas, fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, frequently flooded areas, and geological hazards (WAC 365-190-030(4)). Island County recently completed a portion of the required review with the adoption of update fish and wildlife habitat conservation area regulations last year; however, the other critical areas established by the GMA must still be addressed.

In order to address the remaining critical areas, Planning and Community Development has enlisted the services of a professional consulting team led by Environmental Science Associates (ESA). In addition to ESA, this team is comprised of firms with expertise in groundwater resources (Pacific Groundwater Group) and geology (The Stratum Group). The consulting team is charged with producing technical reports and making recommendations to the County on addressing the critical areas requirements of the GMA.

To guide the critical areas review process a detailed scope of work was developed. The critical areas review project can be broken into five specific steps, including; (1) Best Available Science Report, (2) Existing Conditions Report, (3) Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis, (4) Policy and Regulatory Options, and (5) Code Amendments.

A Technical Advisory Group (TAG) was assembled by Planning and Community Development to provide technical guidance and scientific input. The group was responsible for reviewing and commenting on the work produced by the consulting team. The TAG was comprised of representatives from Island County Public Health, the Island County Department of Natural Resources, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Washington State University Extension Service, the Whidbey Island Conservation District, the Snohomish conservation District, and two citizens with expertise in environmental resource management.

There are several other updates proposed to the Critical Areas Ordinance at this time In addition to those updates proposed through the periodic review process. The first significant undertaking is an organizational one. Currently, the Critical Areas Ordinance is located in three separate code sections, 17.02, 17.02A and 17.02B. Island County is working on combining these into one code section that will apply to all critical areas. Additionally, changes are proposed to the Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program and to address regulations pertaining to agriculture and critical areas.

Goals & Objectives

 Periodic Review Goals:

  • Update regulations for consistency with Best Available Science
  • Identify and consider optional programmatic and regulatory improvements
  • Identify regulatory changes that further implementation of the Comprehensive Plan
  • Identify regulatory changes needed to ensure consistency with state or federal law

 Code Combination Goals:

  • Create one critical areas chapter that applies to all critical areas
  • Remove duplications and contradictions
  • Updates definitions to be more consistent with relevant WACs and RCWs
  • Update references to current technical guidance materials
 Critical Areas and Agriculture Goals:
  • Encourage the continued use of agriculture on smaller parcels while simultaneously ensuring our critical areas are protected
  • Review the Best Available Science on agriculture and critical areas
  • Identify and consider optional programmatic and regulatory improvements 
 

Completed To Date
   
Technical Memorandums ​Complete
 ​Best Available Science Report Final Report (Oct 2015)
Existing Conditions Report​ Final Report (Oct 2015)
Needs Assessment and Gap Analysis​ Final Report (May 2016)
Policy Packages Memo​ ​​Final Report (May 2016)
 Review of Agricultural Exemption ​​Final Report (June 2017)
Review of Wetland Monitoring Program​Final Report (June 2017)
Technical Advisory Group Review & Recommendations ​Complete
​Department of Commerce​60 Day Review Ended July 3rd
​SEPA​DNS Issued
14 Day Comment Period Underway
Planning Commission & Board

Ordinance Approved August 15, 2017

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Related Resources

Critital Areas Map

Shorelines Map

Zoning Map

Meeting Materials

Planning Commission

​7/24/17
Continued Public Hearing to Adopt Changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance

CAO PC public hearing - proposed changes
7/10/17 

Public Hearing to Adopt Changes to the Critical Areas Ordinance and the Surface Water Quality Monitoring Plan

CAO Public Comment Matrix 7-5-17Changes made to 17.02B since last time

Exhibit A - Repeal of 17.02 and 17.02A and amendments to 17.02B 7-5-17

Exhibit B - Draft BMPs RA and CA 7-5-17

Exhibit C - Draft Supplemental BMP's Rural Zone 7-5-17

PC Findings of Fact 7-5-17

Underline Strikethrough of Proposed Changes to ICC 17.02, 17.02A and 17.02B

SWQMP PC Findings of Fact 7-7-17

SWQM Plan Final 6-20-17 

6/26/17

Workshop on Critical Areas and Agriculture Continued

Draft BMPs RA and CA 6-20-17

Supplemental BMP's Rural Zone 6-20-17

Watershed Memo Island County Agriculture - GIS analysis methods - 6-16-17

Staff Memo CAO BMPs for 6-26-17 PC

Hand Out Explanation of CAO-Ag Changes 6-21-17

6/12/17

Workshop on Critical Areas & Agriculture and Surface Water Monitoring

SWQMP Summary Doc

SWQM Plan Final

Watershed Memo Review of Monitoring Program in IC 6-6-17

Watershed Memo Review of Ag in IC 6-7-17

CAO Agriculture and Critical Areas BAS Review ppt to PC 6-6-17

4/10/17
Workshop on Surface Water Monioring and Periodic Update

CAO Periodic Review Changes Presentation
Proposed Changes to Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program
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3/27/17
Workshop on Code Combination


CAO Code Combination Presentation

CAO Definition Matrix

DRAFT ICC CAO Code Combination (Track Changes, with underline & strikethrough)

CAO Regulatory Matrix



Board of County Commissioners

7/5/17

Work Session on Critical Areas and Agriculture Continued

Draft BMPs RA and CA 6-20-17

Supplemental BMP's Rural Zone 6-20-17

FINAL Watershed Memo Island County Agriculture - GIS analysis methods - 6-16-17

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6/21/17
Work Session on Critical Areas and Agriculture

Watershed Memo Review of Ag in IC 6-7-17

Watershed Memo Review of Monitoring Program in IC 6-6-17

5/17/17
Work Session on Surface Water Quality Monitoring Plan

SWQMP 5-8-17

​​4/19/17

Work Session on Surface Water Monitoring and Periodic Update

CAO Periodic Review Changes Presentation

Proposed Changes to Surface Water Quality Monitoring Program

4/5/17

Work Session on Code Combination

CAO Regulatory Matrix

DRAFT ICC Code Combination Track Changes