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Commerce Update of Critical Areas Guidance

Summary of the project

Wetlands rating system, Voluntary Stewardship Program, agricultural activities, FEMA Biological Opinion, availability of LiDAR, monitoring and adaptive management, a salmon recovery roadmap, and other new issues, programs and technologies will be addressed in this update to Commerce guidance on critical areas regulation. 

Commerce sent out a survey to local planners and consultants to assess county and city needs for guidance on this topic. We will use input from the survey, a technical advisory committee, and a local government sounding board to scope the content of this guidance update to best fit the needs for cities and counties. Results of Local Government CAO Update Survey

Drafts of the guidance are anticipated to be available for public review and comment in 2017.

Commerce Critical Areas Workshops:Commerce and other state agencies presented critical areas workshops at planners forums around the state in 2016. To view the presentations and materials from these workshops, go to the Events page.

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