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Unless waived by the City Planner on the grounds that the specific information required in this section does not apply to the development in question, critical area reports shall be prepared for non-exempt proposed developments located within critical areas or their buffers. Said critical area reports shall:

A. Be prepared by qualified professionals as defined in WAC 365-195-905(4). The following list shows the type of critical area report and the related professional discipline.

1. Wetlands: wetland biologist.

2. Critical aquifer recharge areas: hydro-geologist, geologist, or engineer.

3. Floodplains: hydrologist or engineer.

4. Geologically hazardous areas: engineer or geologist.

5. Fish and wildlife habitats: biologist.

B. Incorporate best available science.

C. Cover a study area large enough to understand relationships with important off-site factors and identify any off-site critical area so near that its required buffer covers part of the project site.

D. Contain the following:

1. Name and contact information of the applicant, description of the proposed development, and identification of required permits;

2. Site plan drawn to scale showing critical areas, buffers, existing structures, and proposed structures, clearing, grading, and stormwater management;

3. Characterization of critical areas and buffers;

4. Assessment of the probable impact to critical areas;

5. Analysis of site development alternatives;

6. Description of efforts to avoid, minimize, and mitigate impacts to critical areas pursuant to SMC 14.255.120.E (“sequencing”);

7. Mitigation plans as needed, in accordance with SMC 14.255.100;

8. Evaluation of compliance with this Critical Areas Code’s substantive requirements applicable to the proposed development;

9. Financial guarantees to ensure compliance, such as a performance bond or deposit, if necessary;

10. Additional information as required in the chapter corresponding to the type of critical area;

11. Documentation of who prepared the report and when, with fieldwork and data sheets;

12. Statement specifying the accuracy of the report and assumptions relied upon, and

13. Additional information as required by the City Planner.

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