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Council gets update on Sensitive Lands

Complete package of code amendments expected by spring 2015

The City Council got an update on quick fixes to the Sensitive Lands program Tuesday evening.

Planning and Building Services Director Scot Siegel told the Council the staff’s code amendments to the program have been presented to the Planning Commission, which will continue the discussion on Oct. 27.

The current draft of the 2014 Sensitive Lands Code Amendments includes fixes on a number of points, including fence regulations, landscaping and lighting standards for various districts, map corrections and updates to the delineation of both tree groves and stream corridors.

The commission has received some comment from the public, as well as from the Natural Resources Advisory Board and the Sustainability Advisory Board, Siegel said.

Mayor Kent Studebaker asked about the timeline for a planned overhaul of the Sensitive Lands program itself. Siegel said the commission had a work session scheduled for the first week of December.

“We anticipate having a full package of Sensitive Lands code amendments prepared to present to Council in spring 2015,” Siegel said.

Siegel confirmed that current map data was expected to be delivered and processed in November, at which point the city’s engineering department would be able to create maps and shading analysis. That process should take about six weeks, he said.

“Our goal,” Siegel said, “is to have accurate, up-to-date data, from a credible source, that we can use to model the impacts or potential impacts of the changes we’re considering. We hope to find there’s no adverse impact, that it’s not resulting in a degradation in water quality ... and that we can in fact pursue the code changes we’re looking at.”

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