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Environmental Impacts 4.1.2

Environmental Impacts 4.1.2

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 Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program--Commission Recommendation
4.1.2 Environmental Impacts
All shoreline development and activity shall be located, designed, constructed, and managedin a manner that avoids, minimizes and/or mitigates adverse impacts to the environment.The preferred mitigation sequence (avoid, minimize, rectify, reduce, or compensate for theenvironmental impact) shall follow that listed in WAC 173-26-201(2)(e), see also definition
7.0, Definitions).In approving shoreline developments, the City shall ensure that shoreline development, use,and/or activities will result in no net loss of ecological functions necessary to sustainshoreline resources, including loss that may result from the cumulative impacts of similar developments over time to the extent consistent with constitutional and statutory limitationson the regulation of private property. To this end, the City may require modifications to thesite plan and/or adjust or prescribe project dimensions, intensity of use, and screening asdeemed appropriate. If impacts cannot be avoided through design modifications, the City
Minimize impacts of shoreline uses and activities on the environment during all phases of development (e.g. design, construction, and management).
Ensure all shoreline uses, activities and developments are designed and located in a manner that prevents or mitigates adverse impacts to shoreline ecological function and ecosystemwide processes, including the use of the mitigation sequence (avoid, minimize, rectify,reduce, compensate); and make available flexible alternatives to accommodate preferredshoreline uses.2.
Ensure, through appropriate monitoring and enforcement measures that all requiredconditions are met, and improvements are installed and properly maintained.3.
Promote shoreline uses and activities within critical areas which do not cause significantadverse impacts to ecological functions and ecosystem-wide processes, such as publicaccess on publicly owned lands.4.
In assessing the potential for new uses, activities and developments to cause adverseimpacts, the City should take into account all of the following:a.
Effects on ecological functions and ecosystem processes; and b.
Effects that occur on-site and effects that may occur off-site; andc.
Immediate effects and long-term effects; and
Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program-----Commission Recommendation
Direct effects and indirect effects of the project; ande.
Individual effects of the project and the incremental or cumulative effects resultingfrom the project added to other past, present, and reasonably foreseeable futureactions; andf.
Compensatory mitigation actions that offset adverse impacts of the developmentaction and/or use.5.
To provide for comprehensive management strategies for shoreline areas, integrate planning and regulatory measures, such as those within the comprehensive plan, regionalwatershed plans, or state and federal regulations.
Impact Analysis and No Net Loss Standard
All shoreline use and development, including preferred uses, and uses that are exempt from permit requirements, shall be located, designed, constructed, and maintained in a mannethat protects ecological functions and ecosystem wide processes and avoids, minimizesand/or mitigates adverse impacts to the environment as determined through a site-specificimpact analysis such that all shoreline uses and activities:a.
Utilize effective erosion and scour control methods during project construction andoperation; and b.
Minimize adverse impacts to critical salt water habitat, fish and wildlifeconservation areas, and/or other ecological functions, such as those provided byexisting shoreline vegetation; and includingc.
Minimize interference with beneficial natural shoreline processes such as water circulation, sand and gravel transport movement, erosion, and accretion; andd.
Avoid hazards to public health and safety; ande.
Minimize the need for shoreline stabilization measures and flood protection in thefuture; a geotechnical analysis may be required to ensure that the proposed activitymeets this regulation (See Section 6.2 Shoreline Stabilization); andf.
Result in no net loss of ecological functions necessary to sustain shorelineresources, including loss that may result from the cumulative impacts of similar developments over time.2.
In reviewing and approving shoreline developments, regardless of whether a permit isrequired:a.
The Administrator shall condition the shoreline development, use, and/or activitiessuch that it will:i.
Result in no net loss of ecological functions necessary to sustain shorelineresources, including loss that may result from the cumulative impacts of similar developments over time; andii.
Employ measures to mitigate adverse impacts on shoreline functions and
 Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program--Commission Recommendation
  processes, if necessary; andiii.
Modify the site plan and/or adjust the project dimensions, intensity of use, or screening as deemed appropriate to address impacts If impacts cannot beavoided through design modifications, the Administrator shall requiremitigation; pursuant to regulations in Sections and; and b.
If a proposed shoreline development, use or activity is determined by theAdministrator to result in significant short term, long term, or cumulative adverseenvironmental impacts lacking appropriate mitigation, it shall be sufficient reasonfor the Administrator to deny a permit.3.
In order to assure that development activities contribute to meeting the no net loss provisions by avoiding, minimizing, and applying compensatory mitigating for adverseimpacts to ecological functions or ecosystem-wide processes pursuant to subsection 1 and2, above, an applicant is required to submit a site-specific analysis of potential impacts anda mitigation plan, including compensatory mitigation measures when determined necessaryas a result of the analysis, in accordance with Section which utilizes the mitigationsequence provided in Section, below.4.
To mitigate anticipated impacts and meet the no net loss standards in subsection 1 through
23 above, an applicant for a single family residential development may choose to use theStandard Residential Mitigation Manual, Appendix D, in lieu of a site-specific impactanalysis and mitigation plan
identified in subsection 3, above. Compensatory mitigationrequirements of the table shall be included in the project submittal. If an applicant uses theSingle Family Residential Mitigation Manual, prescriptive monitoring requirements foundin Appendix D will satisfy the requirements for a project monitoring plan.
Revegetation Standards
Vegetation replanting is required for all development, uses or activities
within the 200-footshoreline jurisdiction, which alters existing native vegetation whether a permit is requiredor not. This includes invasive species removal. Minimum requirements for planting planscan be found
The following
revegetation information shall be submitted for approval prior to vegetation disturbance as
 part of a project proposal, or clearing permit pursuant to BIMC 15.18:a.
When the disturbed area is less than 120 square feet, then
the applicant must submitan annotated list of proposed plants and their spacing specifications. b.
When the disturbed area is greater than 120 square feet, then the applicant mustsubmit a planting plan.c.
If the disturbance is greater than 200 square feet
planting plan shall be completed by a qualified professional.d.
If the disturbance is related to shoreline stabilization, the applicant shall meetregulation (5) below instead of regulation (4).

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