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"Native growth protection area (NGPA)" means an area which is to be left permanently undisturbed in a substantially natural state and in which no clearing, grading, filling, building construction or placement, or road construction of any kind is allowed except the following:

(1) Crossings for underground utility lines and drainage discharge swales which utilize the shortest alignment possible and for which no alignment that would avoid such a crossing is feasible;

(2) Removal of hazardous trees by the property owner;

(3) Fences, only if the critical area and its buffer are not detrimentally affected;

(4) Other uses and development activity as allowed; and

(5) In rural cluster subdivisions approved pursuant to chapter 30.41C SCC, buffer plantings as required by SCC 30.41C.075 and passive recreational uses limited to nonmotorized trails, exercise pathways, and wildlife viewing areas.

For critical areas, this definition applies only to critical areas designated under the critical area regulations before adoption of the 2007 Critical Areas Regulations Update in chapters 30.62A, 30.62B and 30.62C. See "Critical area protection areas." (Added by Amended Ord. 02-064, Dec. 9, 2002, Eff date Feb. 1, 2003; Amended by Amended Ord. 06-061, Aug. 1, 2007, Eff date Oct. 1, 2007).