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/WP Waterside Protection Overlay Zone
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The purpose of the /WP Waterside Protection overlay zone is to protect water quality in designated waterways, riparian areas, and adjacent wetlands by maintaining an undeveloped setback area between these features and adjacent developed areas. Maintenance of this setback area is also intended to protect wildlife habitat and prevent property damage from storms and floods. The /WP overlay zone is intended to maintain or enhance open space areas adjacent to water features. These open space areas are important because they typically contain native vegetation – convey, store, or improve the quality of urban stormwater runoff – provide habitat for wildlife and, where appropriate, can provide legally obtained access for channel maintenance. Uses and activities permitted in these areas are restricted in most cases to those that are consistent with the purpose of this overlay zone. Where conflicting uses or activities are proposed, site plan approval based on conformance with specified natural resource special standards (EC 9.2530 Natural Resource Zone Development Standards) is required to minimize adverse impacts. The provisions of this overlay zone are intended to implement policies in the comprehensive plan and refinement plans that call for protection of riparian vegetation, wetlands, waterways, wildlife habitat, and surface and ground water quality.

(Section 9.4700, 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.)