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EAC ANNUAL REPORT 1 MAY, 2001

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ENVIRONMENTAL ADVISORY COUNCIL
ANNUAL REPORT TO BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
1 MAY, 2001

I. INTRODUCTION
The Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) completed its second year of deliberations, following the combination of the original EPTAB and EAB Boards. The Council membership is enclosed as Exhibit A.

This report is submitted to the County Commission in compliance with provisions of the enabling legislation included as Exhibit B. The report includes activities of the Council in 2000 as well as environmental concerns of the membership, and considerations for future activities.

II. PURPOSE
The EAC, as evident in Exhibit B, acts in an advisory capacity to the Commission in both broad and specific areas, and is seen by the Council to be both re-active and pro-active in its deliberations.

  • Matters dealing with the regulation, control, management use of exploitation of any or all natural resources within the County;
  • The review and evaluation of specific zoning and development petitions and their impact on these resources, providing approval or disapproval recommendations to the Commission.

III. COUNCIL ACTIVITIES, 2000
A. Land Use Petitions

  1. See attached Staff Summary (Exhibit C).

B. Growth Management Plan 

  1. Growth Management Subcommittee
    1. monitored activities of:
      • Rural Lands Oversight Committee
      • Eastern Lands Oversight Committee
    2. sought to define a role in the "assessment process" reflected in the Final Order
  2. Reviewed several GMP amendments.

C. Land Development Code

  1. Reviewed numerous proposed amendments with staff; 
  2. Continued study of problems and corrective LDC amendments, particularly: 
    1. wetland impacts 
    2. wetland mitigation procedures 
    3. listed species protection 
  3. Began concerted effort to upgrade wetland ordinance with staff.

D. Held Wetland Workshop.

IV. COUNCIL CONCERNS AND FUTURE PLANS
A. The major concern continues to be the significant loss of viable functioning wetlands associated with many of the PUD plans coming before the Council. The Council continues to be frustrated with the magnitude of projects approved that invade the natural processes and habitats. Simple mitigation is not the answer, and a more meaningful balance needs to be struck between property rights and growth rate.

B. Allow EAC to address wider areas of impact that have often been decreed beyond our purview. All EIS included items should be on the table.

C. Pursue a more effective and accepted role in overall County environmental areas.

D. Be included in evaluation of proposed "Hearing Examiner" and impacts such an appointment could have on the environmental evaluation process.

Exhibit C
Staff Summary


Land Use Petitions

The following petitions were presented to the EAC from May 2000 through the April 2001 meeting.

PresentedApprovedDeniedNo Official Action*
PUD's

16

10

 

6

Excavation
SDP
CU's

3

2

1

ST

1

 

 

1

TOTAL

20

12

1

7

*A motion requires a minimum of 5 votes for approval in order for an official action to be taken.

The application denied included:

  1. CU-2000-16/59.764, Jesse Hardy Aquaculture Ponds.

Growth Management Plan 

  1. The EAC reviewed and commented on the first draft of policies addressing wetlands, habitat and wildlife protection. 
  2. The EAC's Growth Management Subcommittee has been reviewing work products generated by staff and other advisory committees to complete the Agricultural and Rural Assessment required by the Final Order.

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