One of the pending cases I have before the Growth Management Hearings Board asks whether the County needs to consider the environment and Best Available Science when adopting new development regulations.
In order to demonstrate the impact of the county's ordinance, I sought to supplement the record with additional information to assist the board in reaching its decision. Information like:
- the county's Best Available Science report,
- back-to-back short plat applications in Lake Whatcom watershed filed in 1999, and
- Gold Star's application for short plats and binding site plans in areas determined non-compliant with the Growth Management Act.
"The Board's role is to determine local jurisdictions' compliance with the GMA. Implementation of GMA-related ordinances is ultimately the test of how well the ordinance upholds the GMA. The short plat information may show the Board the implementation effects under former and current crtical areas ordinances."Oh, there is so much information that I could share about implementation.