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Natural Resource Zone
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The NR natural resource zone is designed to implement the comprehensive plan by providing areas that will be preserved for long-term protection of native vegetation, wetlands, waterways, wildlife habitat, rare plants and surface and ground water quality. In general, this zone is intended to protect outstanding natural resource areas identified in adopted plans. The NR zone is also intended to address state and federal laws and policies that regulate development within jurisdictional wetlands to protect water quality, including applicable provisions of the Federal Clean Water Act and the State of Oregon’s wetland laws. The natural functions and values intended to be protected by this zone include all of the following:

(1) Habitat for federally listed rare, threatened, or endangered plant and animal species.

(2) Floodwater storage and conveyance.

(3) Sediment and erosion control.

(4) Natural pollution control.

(5) Fish and wildlife habitat.

(6) Aquifer recharge and water supply.

(7) Native plant communities.

It is recognized that each natural resource area may not exhibit all of these functions and values.

(Section 9.2500, see chart at front of Chapter 9 for legislative history from 2/26/01 through 6/1/02; amended by Ordinance No. 20584, enacted July 17, 2017, effective August 24, 2017.)