What are Critical Areas?
Critical Areas in Island County are environmentally sensitive natural resources that have been designated for protection and management in accordance with the requirements of our State's Growth Management Act (GMA). Protection and management of these areas is important to the preservation of ecological functions of our natural environment, as well as the protection of the public health, safety and welfare of our community.
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List of Qualified Environmental Consultants
Critical Areas and My Development
* Species of local importance habitat and Marine Fish & Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas (MFWHCAs) are not publicly available. Planning Staff will determine whether your proposal is within the vicinity of these habitats.
Island County List of Qualified Environmental Consultants
A Letter of Determination from an environmental consultant is required to confirm that your project will not impact any critical areas or their buffers. Below is a link to an example Letter of Determination.
Letter of Determination Explained
Example Letter of Determination
Critical Areas Planner