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(1) The purpose of this chapter is to regulate land disturbing activities as defined in SCC 30.91L.025.

(2) Specific objectives of this chapter are:

(a) To promote sound, practical, and economical development practices and construction activities that prevent or minimize adverse impacts to adjoining properties and to waters of the state within Snohomish County;

(b) To prevent or minimize degradation of water quality to protect human health, recreational opportunities and fish and wildlife habitat;

(c) To control soil movement on land that is subject to new development or redevelopment;

(d) To maintain stable earth during land disturbing activity for structures and to maintain stable earth foundations for structures;

(e) To protect public safety by reducing slope instability and the potential for landslides or erosion;

(f) To maintain the safety of county roads and rights-of-way;

(g) To integrate low impact development (LID) techniques, as directed by the Drainage Manual, into the site planning process and project design prior to issuance of a land disturbing activity permit; and

(h) To require and promote site planning principles that make LID the preferred and commonly-used approach to site development. (Added by Amended Ord. 10-023, June 9, 2010, Eff date Sept. 30, 2010; Amended by Ord. 15-103, Jan. 11, 2016, Eff date Jan. 22, 2016; Amended by Amended Ord. 17-070, Nov. 1, 2017, Eff date Dec. 1, 2017).