MOUNTAIN PROTECTION BACKGROUND
1971: Mountain protection efforts began with the adoption of the County’s first Comprehensive Plan that described the mountains as “conservation areas.” The provisions of the proposed Mountain Overlay District are based on concerns described in that Plan and successive Comprehensive Plans.
1980: Steps were taken to protect mountains through regulation when the Rural Areas zoning district and the critical slopes provisions were adopted. The critical slopes provision currently requires a “building site” (minimum 30,00 square feet less than 25% slope, critical slopes, for the location of the dwelling and septic system). Driveways are not regulated on critical slopes.
1992: The Open Space and Critical Resources Plan, adopted by the Board of Supervisors as part of the Comprehensive Plan, recommended a mountain protection ordinance and first defined mountains by contour elevations.
1995: The Board of Supervisors appointed a twelve member Mountain Protection Committee to study mountain protection measures and to make a recommendation regarding an ordinance.
1996: The Committee’s final report, the Proposed Mountain Protection Plan dated August 1, 1996, recommended that the Board adopt an ordinance to protect water quality, reservoir capacity, soil conservation, forest resources, plant and animal habitat, and scenic values with their associated impact to the economy, tourism, and public safety. The Board of Supervisors received the report on September 4, 1996, and directed the Planning Commission to hold sessions on a proposed ordinance as recommended by the Committee. The Planning Commission held three sessions that fall, leading to the resolution of intent adopted on October 15, 1996. Staff was directed to prepare ordinance language.
1996-1998: Following work sessions and a final public hearing, the Planning Commission recommended approval unanimously (6-0) of all three amendments (Comprehensive Plan Amendment CPA 98-01, Zoning Text Amendment ZTA 98-05, Zoning Map Amendment ZMA 98-10).
1998: The Board approved The Comprehensive Plan Amendment (Mountain Protection Plan). The Zoning Text Amendment and the Zoning Map Amendment were tabled; thus, action on these amendments was deferred.
2002: The Board of Supervisors determined that they would reconsider the Zoning Text Amendment, as revised by the Board in 1998, and the Zoning Map Amendment.
2003: Open House Informational Meetings Held
2003: The Board of Supervisors determined that a new Committee should be appointed to consider the proposed Ordinance. The Board appointed a twelve-member Mountain Overlay District Committee and one liaison from the Board of Supervisors.
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