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The City Planner’s general sequence for administering this Critical Areas Code shall be per the following table, which shows questions the City Planner shall answer, and actions he or she shall take depending on the answer.

Step 1

Is the development proposal in a critical area or its buffer?

The City Planner shall check maps, review the environmental checklist, visit the site, and require scientific determinations as necessary to make this determination.

Yes

No

Go to step 2.

Go to step 4.

Step 2

Is the development proposal exempt per SMC 14.255.060?

Yes

No

Go to step 4.

Require a critical area report. Don’t issue Determination of Completeness until critical area report is received. Reference critical area report in any public notice.

Step 3

Does the proposal, with conditions of approval as necessary, conform to SMC 14.255.120, Substantive Requirements?

Yes

No

Go to step 4.

Go to step 4.

Step 4

Document the review process in a manner appropriate to, and filed with, the permit(s) required for the proposed development, and act on the permit application in accordance with the findings.

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