Critical Areas Ordinance Update

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires Yakima County to update its development regulations and comprehensive plan every 8 years.  The last major update of the CAO was done in 2007 with the final points of appeal settled in 2013. 

The Washington State Department of Commerce provided update guidance to Counties to insure consistency and compliance with state definitions and regulations when updating their CAOs.  After careful review, Yakima County has determined that the CAO is substantially compliant with the required changes as outlined by Commerce.  Provided below is a copy of the updated CAO, adoption ordinance, drafts, and SEPA documents.

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