40.240.280 Disposal Sites for Spoil Materials from Public Road Maintenance Activities

A.    Application Requirements.

    In addition to other applicable requirements, land use applications for disposal sites shall include the same information that applicants are required to submit for expansion of existing quarries and production and/or development of mineral resources in the GMA, including, but not limited to:

1.    A reclamation plan that provides all the applicable information specified in Sections 40.240.800(A)(6)(a) through (e), except (a) the words “pre-disposal” and “post-disposal” should replace the words “pre-mining” and “post-mining,” and (b) the appropriate state agency or local government does not have to approve the reclamation plan.

2.    Perspective drawings of the site as seen from key viewing areas as specified in Section 40.240.800(B)(15).

3.    Cultural resource reconnaissance and historic surveys, as required by Section 40.240.820(A)(3)(a) and (b), respectively. Disposal sites shall be considered a “large-scale use” according to Section 40.240.820(A)(3)(c).

4.    Field surveys to identify sensitive wildlife areas or sites and sensitive plants as described in Sections 40.240.860(C) and 40.240.870(C).

B.    Siting Standard.

    The proposed disposal site shall only be approved if the applicant demonstrates it is not practicable to locate the disposal site outside the Scenic Area or inside an urban area. At a minimum, the applicant shall submit a feasibility and suitability analysis that compares the proposed disposal site to existing or potential disposal sites located both outside the Scenic Area and inside an urban area.

C.    Scenic Resource Standards.

    Disposal sites shall comply with the same scenic resources protection standards as expansion of existing quarries and production and/or development of mineral resources in the GMA, as follows:

1.    Sites more than three (3) miles from the nearest key viewing area shall be visually subordinate as seen from any key viewing area, pursuant to Section 40.240.800(B)(27). An interim period to achieve compliance with this requirement shall be established before approval. The period shall be based on site-specific topographic and visual conditions, but shall not exceed three (3) years beyond the start of on-the-ground activities.

2.    Sites less than three (3) miles from the nearest key viewing area shall be fully screened from any key viewing area, pursuant to Section 40.240.800(B)(28). An interim period to achieve compliance with this requirement shall be established before approval. The period shall be based on site-specific topographic and visual conditions, but shall not exceed one (1) year beyond the start of on-the-ground activities. Disposal activity occurring before achieving compliance with full screening requirements shall be limited to activities necessary to provide such screening (creation of berms, etc.).

3.    Reclamation plans shall restore the site to a natural appearance that blends with and emulates surrounding landforms and vegetation patterns to the maximum extent practicable.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-05-04; Ord. 2006-08-21)