Chapter 16.35
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT

Sections:

16.35.010    Purpose.

16.35.020    Designation criteria.

16.35.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the Natural Environment is to protect public shoreline areas that include ecologically intact or minimally altered shorelines. Only low intensity uses are to be allowed in this environment to maintain existing ecological processes and functions. [Ord. 12-0334 § 3 (Exh. 1).]

16.35.020 Designation criteria.

A Natural Environment designation is assigned to shoreline areas if any of the following characteristics apply:

A. A relatively large, contiguous area of the shoreline is in public ownership and ecologically intact or minimally altered;

B. The shoreline represents ecological processes or functions that provide educational or scientific opportunities; or

C. The shoreline is unable to support active uses or development without significant adverse impacts to ecological functions. [Ord. 12-0334 § 3 (Exh. 1).]