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The purpose of this chapter is to designate and classify ecologically sensitive and hazardous areas and to protect these areas and their functions and values in a manner that also allows reasonable use of private property. This section is intended to:

(1) Implement the city of Selah comprehensive land use plan and the requirements of the Growth Management Act;

(2) Protect critical areas, in accordance with the Growth Management Act and through the application of best available science, as determined according to WAC 365-195-900 through 365-195-925 as it exists or may hereafter be amended, and in consultation with state and federal agencies, affected Indian tribes, and other qualified professionals;

(3) Protect the general public, resources and facilities from injury, loss of life, property damage or financial loss due to flooding, landslides, or steep slopes failure;

(4) Protect unique, fragile and valuable elements of the environment, including ground and surface waters, wetlands, and fish and wildlife and their habitats;

(5) Prevent cumulative adverse environmental impacts to water quality and availability, wetlands, and fish and wildlife habitat;

(6) Provide flexibility and attention to site-specific characteristics, so as to ensure reasonable use of the property;

(7) Preserve development options within designated critical areas where such development will not adversely impact critical areas values and functions, particularly the functional properties of stream corridors and other hydrologically related critical areas. (Ord. 2032 § 1 (Exh. A), 2017; Ord. 2019 § 2, 2017; Ord. 1943 § 2, 2014.)