Chapter 16.30


16.30.010    Purpose.

16.30.020    Designation criteria.

16.30.010 Purpose.

The purpose of the Urban Conservancy Environment is to protect and restore ecological functions of open space, streams, wetlands, and floodplains, including areas below the ordinary high water mark in Swamp Creek, while allowing a variety of compatible uses. [Ord. 12-0334 § 3 (Exh. 1).]

16.30.020 Designation criteria.

An Urban Conservancy Environment designation is assigned to shoreline areas planned for development that is compatible with maintaining or restoring ecological functions and areas that are not generally suitable for water-dependent uses, if any of the following characteristics apply:

A. The shoreline includes wetlands or exceptional riparian corridor that should not be more intensively developed;

B. The shoreline is in public ownership and has been altered or in public ownership that is small in size and not adjacent to other publicly owned properties;

C. The shoreline has been altered but retains important ecological functions;

D. The shoreline has potential for ecological restoration or is a restoration priority; or

E. The shoreline has potential for development that is compatible with ecological restoration. [Ord. 12-0334 § 3 (Exh. 1).]