What, if any, types of development should be allowed to impact natural resources?


7.A. Exempt flood control and other public works projects to protect health and safety.

7.B. Exempt development on land under conservation easement.

7.C. Exempt development on “grandfathered” properties that are not currently subject to natural resource protections.

7.D. Exempt agricultural operations.

7.E. Exempt a driveway, water line, sewer line, power line, or other “essential” utility.

7.F. Exempt development dependent on the natural resource, such as a boat ramp or stream restoration.


Direction: Agricultural operations and bona fide habitat restoration should be exempt from all natural resource protection standards including environmental analysis and mitigation. Partial exemptions for other types of development discussed by the Natural Resources Stakeholder Group should be used as direction to inform the tiered system of regulations.

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1. What does “healthy wildlife populations” mean?
2. How should the presence of wildlife habitat affect development rights on a property?
3. Why should we protect water-bodies and wetlands?
4. When is a site specific study of natural resources needed?
5. What, if any, types of impacts should require mitigation?
6. Should the County have a habitat restoration program to improve the success of mitigation?
7. What, if any, types of development should be allowed to impact natural resources?
8. What standards should apply when a building (or other development) that is already impacting a natural resource, proposes expansion?
9. To what extent should we regulate wildlife-friendly fencing?
10. What incentives should be provided for natural resources protection?