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19.07.170 Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas.
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A. Designation and Typing. Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas include the following:

1. Areas where state or federally listed endangered, threatened, sensitive, or candidate species, or species of local importance, have primary association;

2. Priority habitats and areas associated with priority species identified by the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife;

3. Areas used by bald eagles for foraging, nesting, and roosting, or within 660 feet of a bald eagle nest;

4. Watercourses and wetlands and their buffers; and

5. Biodiversity areas.

B. General Review Requirements.

1. When development is proposed in the areas described in subsection A of this section, the applicant shall, unless the proposal is specifically exempt pursuant to MICC 19.07.120, submit a wildlife habitat assessment in the form of a critical area study prepared by a qualified professional including the following information:

a. Identification of the species referenced in subsection A of this section that has a primary association with habitat on or in the vicinity of the site;

b. Extent of wildlife habitat areas, including acreage, and required buffers based on the species;

c. Vegetative, faunal, and hydrologic characteristics;

d. Evaluation of direct and indirect potential impacts on habitat by the project, including potential impacts to water quality;

e. A discussion of any federal, state, or local special management recommendations, including Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife habitat management recommendations that have been developed for the species or habitats; and

f. A discussion of avoidance, minimization, and mitigation of impacts pursuant to MICC 19.07.100.

C. Development Standards.

1. Development proposals shall implement wildlife and habitat protection measures identified in the wildlife habitat assessment.

2. Development proposals within areas used by bald eagles for foraging, nesting, or roosting, or within 660 feet of a bald eagle nest as identified by a critical area study, shall follow the requirements of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s National Bald Eagle Management Guidelines (2007). (Ord. 19C-05 § 1 (Exh. A)). (Ord. 19C-05 § 1 (Exh. A), 2019.)

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