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Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) Update

Community Development

Management Analyst

Jaclyn Beliel

Upcoming Meeting

Planning Commission Work Session

21 March 2024
6:30 pm   -   8:30 pm

The City of Sammamish is updating its Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO). 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. (See FAQs for questions received from the public.)

Review & Analysis of Existing CAO

Complete a best available science (BAS) review,  existing conditions assessment, and gap analysis of the current CAO and identify areas that need updating. See reports here

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

Virtual Open House

Open House Recording
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Open House Q&A
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City Council Meetings

October 3, 2023
Critical Areas Ordinance Update
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