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PDFWAC 365-195-900

Background and purpose.

(1) Counties and cities planning under RCW 36.70A.040 are subject to continuing review and evaluation of their comprehensive land use plan and development regulations. Periodically, they must take action to review and revise their plans and regulations, if needed, to ensure they comply with the requirements of RCW 36.70A.130.
(2) Counties and cities must include the "best available science" when developing policies and development regulations to protect the functions and values of critical areas and must give "special consideration" to conservation or protection measures necessary to preserve or enhance anadromous fisheries. RCW 36.70A.172(1). The rules in WAC 365-195-900 through 365-195-925 are intended to assist counties and cities in identifying and including the best available science in newly adopted policies and regulations and in this periodic review and evaluation and in demonstrating they have met their statutory obligations under RCW 36.70A.172(1).
(3) The inclusion of the best available science in the development of critical areas policies and regulations is especially important to salmon recovery efforts, and to other decision-making affecting threatened or endangered species.
(4) These rules are adopted under the authority of RCW 36.70A.190 (4)(b) which requires the department of commerce (department) to adopt rules to assist counties and cities to comply with the goals and requirements of the Growth Management Act.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 36.70A.050 and 36.70A.190. WSR 23-08-037, § 365-195-900, filed 3/29/23, effective 4/29/23. Statutory Authority: RCW 36.70A.190 (4)(b). WSR 01-08-056, § 365-195-900, filed 4/2/01, effective 5/3/01; WSR 00-16-064, § 365-195-900, filed 7/27/00, effective 8/27/00.]
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