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Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Update

Community Development

Planning Manager

Miryam Laytner
(425) 295 0623

The City of Sammamish is updating its Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) update. The Critical Areas Ordinance provides development regulations for critical areas. Critical areas include wetlands and streams. 

The update is mandated by the state Growth Management Act (GMA). The Growth Management Act requires that the County review and update its comprehensive plan and development regulations. This includes the city's Critical Areas Ordinance. A required schedule for review and updates is established in RCW 36.70A.130

Scope of Work

Public Outreach & Engagement

Develop and implement a plan to reach community members and other stakeholders. Inform them about the project and get their input on proposed updates.

Review & Analysis of Existing CAO

Complete an existing conditions assessment, gap analysis, and Best Available Science (BAS) review of the current CAO. Identify areas that need updating.

Drafting & Adoption of Updated Critical Areas Ordinance Regulation

Based on the findings of the analysis above, draft updates to the CAO. Include the special focus topics presented in June and July of 2022. Take them for to the Planning Commission and City Council for review and recommendation/ adoption.

Staff Training & Creation of New Public Information Materials

Provide staff with training and tools to understand and apply the updates in their work. Create informational materials for the public so they're aware of the new regulations.

Meeting Archives

City Council Meetings

July 12, 2022
Critical Areas Ordinance Update - Scope of Work Review
January 17, 2023
Critical Areas Ordinance Update Draft Request For Proposals

Planning Commission Meetings

June 16, 2022
Critical Areas Ordinance Update - Scope of Work Review