A. The purpose of this designation is to:
1. Identify land that generally is owned and operated by public entities for parks, recreation and other low intensity public uses. Any new designations to Parks, Open Space and Public should be restricted to property owned by a public entity.
2. Preserve and enhance as open space environmental resources and amenities, including environmentally sensitive areas such as stream corridors, wildlife habitat, steep slopes, wetlands, and critical aquifer recharge areas.
3. Protect and promote land use compatibility between public parks and open space and neighboring land uses.
4. Prevent the displacement or elimination of public parks, except as may be allowed through the Comprehensive Plan amendment process.
B. Public parks and public trails are permitted in any land use designation. The Land Use Designation Map shall then be amended to reflect the presence of the new public park.
C. For land uses designated as permitted (P) by Chapter 14.207 SMC, the initial development of or a substantive alteration of a public park shall require a site development plan (SDP).
D. For land uses designated as conditional uses (C) by Chapter 14.207 SMC, the initial development of or a substantive alteration of a public park shall require approval of a conditional use permit per SMC 14.65.010. (Ord. 2214, 2011; Ord. 2379, 2020)