40.240.900 Special Management Area Recreation Resource Review Criteria

A.    The following shall apply to all new recreation developments and land uses in the Special Management Area:

1.    New developments and land uses shall not displace existing recreational use;

2.    Only natural resource-based recreation shall be allowed;

3.    Recreation resources shall be protected from adverse effects by evaluating new developments and land uses as proposed in the site plan. An analysis of both on- and off-site cumulative effects shall be required;

4.    New pedestrian or equestrian trails shall not have motorized uses, except for emergency services;

5.    Mitigation measures shall be provided to preclude adverse effects on the recreation resource;

6.    The facility guidelines contained in this section are intended to apply to individual recreation facilities. For the purposes of these guidelines, a recreation facility is considered a cluster or grouping of recreational developments or improvements located in relatively close proximity to one another. Recreation developments or improvements to be considered a separate facility from other developments or improvements within the same recreation intensity class must be separated by at least one-quarter (1/4) mile of undeveloped land (excluding trails, pathways, or access roads); and

7.    New development and reconstruction of scenic routes (see Part III, Chapter I of the Management Plan) shall include provisions for bicycle lanes.

B.    SMA Recreation Intensity Class Guidelines.

1.    Recreation Intensity Class 1 – Very Low Intensity. Emphasis is to provide opportunities for semi-primitive recreation opportunities:

a.    Permitted uses are those in which people participate in outdoor activities to realize experiences such as solitude, tension reduction, and nature appreciation.

b.    The maximum site design capacity shall not exceed thirty-five (35) people at one (1) time on the site. The maximum design capacity for parking areas shall be ten (10) vehicles.

c.    The following uses may be permitted:

(1)    Trails and trailheads;

(2)    Parking areas;

(3)    Dispersed campsites accessible only by a trail;

(4)    Viewpoints and overlooks;

(5)    Picnic areas;

(6)    Signs;

(7)    Interpretive exhibits and displays;

(8)    Restrooms.

2.    Recreation Intensity Class 2 – Low Intensity.

a.    Emphasis is to provide semi-primitive recreation opportunities.

b.    Permitted uses are those that provide settings where people can participate in activities such as physical fitness, outdoor learning, relaxation, and escape from noise and crowds.

c.    The maximum site design capacity shall not exceed seventy (70) people at one (1) time on the site. The maximum design capacity shall be twenty-five (25) vehicles.

d.    All uses permitted in Recreation Intensity Class 1 are permitted in Recreation Intensity Class 2. The following uses may also be permitted:

(1)    Campground with vehicle access;

(2)    Boat anchorages designed for no more than ten (10) boats at one (1) time; and

(3)    Swimming areas.

(Amended: Ord. 2006-05-04)