City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 17E
Chapter 17E.020
Section 17E.020.020

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.020 Fish and Wildlife Conservation Areas

Section 17E.020.020 Applicability
  1. The requirements of this chapter apply to all activities and development occurring in a fish and wildlife habitat conservation area as defined in SMC 17E.020.030(A) and this chapter. All areas within the City meeting the definition of a fish and wildlife habitat conservation area, regardless of any formal identification, are hereby designated critical areas and are subject to the provisions of this chapter. Property located in a fish and wildlife habitat conservation area is subject to both zoning classification regulations and the additional requirements imposed under this chapter. In any case where there are differences between the provisions of the underlying zone and this chapter, the provisions of this chapter shall apply.
  2. Any action taken pursuant to this chapter shall result in equivalent or greater functions and values of the fish and wildlife habitat conservation area and associated buffers impacted by the proposed action, as determined by the best available science (BAS). All actions and developments shall be designed and constructed in accordance with mitigation sequencing as defined in chapter 17A.020 SMC to avoid, minimize and restore all adverse impacts. Applicants must first demonstrate an inability to avoid or reduce impacts, before restoration and compensation of impacts will be allowed. No activity or use shall be allowed that results in a net loss of the functions or values of fish and wildlife habitat conservation area and associated buffers.
  3. Reports, habitat management plans and decisions to alter fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas shall rely on the best available science to protect the functions and values and must give special consideration to conservation or protection measures necessary to preserve or enhance anadromous fish and their habitat. Best available science is that scientific information applicable to fish and wildlife habitat prepared by local, state or federal natural resource agencies, a qualified scientific professional, or team of qualified scientific professionals that is consistent with criteria established in WAC 365-195-900 through WAC 365-195-925.

Date Passed: Monday, December 3, 2007

Effective Date: Sunday, January 6, 2008

ORD C34147 Section 6