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(1) Optional process. As an alternative to applying for a Class IV-General forest practices permit under SCC 30.43F.100, an applicant may choose to submit an application for a conversion option harvest plan (COHP), as defined in WAC 222-16-010, that, if approved, may preserve the landowner’s option to convert forest land to a non-commercial forest use without subjecting the site to the six-year development moratorium in SCC 30.43F.220.

(2) General requirements for an application for a COHP approval to the department.

(a) An application for a COHP approval shall be submitted in compliance with the submittal requirements in SCC 30.70.030.

(b) An application for a COHP approval shall be submitted prior to submittal of an application for development, and prior to conducting forest practices on the subject site.

(3) The department’s review and approval process.

(a) The department shall review applications for COHP approvals for consistency with applicable county regulations and policies, and may inspect the subject site prior to rendering a decision.

(b) The applicant has the burden of proving that the application for COHP approval complies with all applicable laws.

(c) The department may approve, approve with conditions, or deny an application for a COHP approval.

(d) The department’s approval of a COHP shall not release the applicant from the requirement to reforest a site under chapter 222-34 WAC.

(e) An appeal of the department’s decision on an application for COHP approval must state the basis for the appeal and be submitted in writing to the director within 30 days of the department’s decision date. The director shall issue a written decision on the appeal to the landowner and to the appellant within 30 calendar days of receipt of the appeal.

(4) Recording obligation. After the department has approved the COHP, the applicant shall record it with the county auditor. The COHP shall be binding upon the landowner and the landowner’s successors in interest.

(5) Duration of a COHP approved by the department. The department-approved COHP shall be valid for a period of two years from the date of approval by the department. (Added by Amended Ord. 15-033, June 3, 2015, Eff date June 19, 2015; Amended by Ord. 18-050, Sept. 5, 2018, Eff date Sept. 17, 2018).