Critical areas monitoring

Workshop to be held Feb 27 at PSRC

Beyond Armwaving and Anecdotes: Are your critical areas ordinances being implemented effectively?

The Washington State Departments of Commerce, Ecology, and Fish and Wildlife are conducting a workshop on monitoring and adaptive management of critical areas ordinance implementation at PSRC on February 27, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The workshop will provide tools for and get feedback from counties and cities on how to build local and state monitoring and adaptive management processes for critical areas permit implementation and effectiveness.

Monitoring refers to tracking of local government permit implementation and/or applicant compliance with mitigation requirements.

Adaptive management refers to revising permit processes based on an evaluation of the results of monitoring permits or mitigation.

A Department of Commerce survey revealed that many local governments don’t have systematic ways to follow through on implementation of their permit processes and the on-the-ground results of critical areas regulation. It also showed many have an interest in building processes for monitoring or tracking permit implementation and mitigation compliance, but have limited resources.

In addition, the workshops will review a new draft chapter in the Critical Areas Handbook, show how state High Resolution Change Detection Data can help local governments, share local approaches, and explore challenges and solutions to monitoring or tracking permit effectiveness.