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19.07.010 Purpose.
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These regulations are adopted for the following purposes:

A. To implement the goals and policies for the Growth Management Act, Chapter 36.70A RCW;

B. To maintain the functions and values of critical areas and enhance the quality of habitat to support the sustenance of native plants and animals;

C. To balance property owner interests with the public interest;

D. To promote biodiversity within critical areas and buffers by encouraging planting with mostly native vegetation;

E. To establish review criteria for land use reviews that maintain and improve the ecological health of wetlands, watercourses and Lake Washington;

F. To establish standards for new development that avoid increasing the risk of harm to people, property, and public infrastructure from natural hazards;

G. To protect the functions and values of fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas, including wetlands, watercourses and habitat for priority species and species of local importance, through the use of buffers;

H. To increase the safety of development within and adjacent to geologically hazardous areas through the use of buffers;

I. To require mitigation measures when unavoidable impacts to critical areas are proposed;

J. To establish tools to ensure that protection and mitigation measures are applied and maintain ecological value and function consistent with the provisions of this chapter;

K. To avoid impact to the critical areas where possible, and, if avoidance is not reasonably possible, minimize impacts to critical areas and buffers to the greatest extent feasible, and mitigate any remaining impacts;

L. To encourage the restoration of existing compromised critical areas; and

M. To minimize negative impacts from the built environment on the functions and values of critical areas. (Ord. 19C-05 § 1 (Exh. A)).