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Earth station: a ground-based terminal equipped to receive and transmit signals from or to communications satellites.

Easement: an encumbrance on land that provides for the use of that land, or a portion thereof, for specified purposes, to specifically named parties or to the public.

Eating/drinking: any establishment providing meals and/or beverages to customers.

Ecology: the Washington State Department of Ecology unless specifically stated otherwise.

Electronic changing message sign: an electronically activated sign whose message content, either in whole or in part, may be changed by means of electronic or digital programming.

Elevated building: for flood insurance purposes, a nonbasement building that has its lowest elevated floor raised above ground level by foundation walls, shear walls, posts, piers, pilings, or columns.

Elevation certificate: an administrative tool of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) that can be used to provide elevation information, to determine the proper insurance premium rate, and to support a request for a Letter of Map Amendment (LOMA) or Letter of Map Revision based on fill (LOMR-F).

Eligible support structure, wireless communications: any tower or base station that exists at the time a wireless communications facility application is filed with the City.

Enclosed: totally concealed from expected human viewpoints by building, wall, fence, floors, doors, windows, or other structure or obscuring element.

Energy resource recovery facility: a facility used to capture the heat value of solid waste for conversion to steam, electricity, or heat by direct combustion.

Enhancement, critical area: the manipulation of the physical, chemical, or biological characteristics of wildlife habitat, a critical area or its buffer to heighten, intensify, or improve specific function(s) or to change the growth stage or composition of the vegetation present by means including, but not limited to, increasing plant density or diversity, removing nonindigenous or noxious species, or controlling erosion.

Environmental checklist (SEPA): a form filled out to determine whether an action might have an impact on the environment, pursuant to Chapter 43.21C RCW.

Environmental impact statement: a written document required under the State Environmental Policy Act and prepared in accordance with Chapter 197-10 WAC, describing the impacts that could result from an action and how such impacts might be mitigated.

Erosion hazard areas: those areas with naturally occurring slopes, containing soils which are at high risk from being worn away by water according to the mapped description units of the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service Soil Classification System. (Ord. 2401, 2020; Ord. 2434, 2022)