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The City of Pasco shall complete a critical area review prior to granting any permit approval for a development or other alteration on a site that is found to likely include, or be adjacent to, or impact upon one or more critical areas functions and values, with input from other resource management agencies as applicable, unless otherwise provided in this title. As part of this review, the Department of Community and Economic Development shall verify the information submitted by the applicant, and:

(1) Confirm the extent, nature, and type of any critical areas identified and evaluate any required critical area detailed study;

(2) Determine whether the development proposal conforms to the purposes and performance standards of this title;

(3) Assess impacts on the critical area from the activities and uses proposed and determine whether any proposed alterations to, or impacts upon, critical areas are necessary and unavoidable in order to meet the objectives of the proposal; and

(4) Determine as applicable if any required mitigation plans proposed by the applicant are sufficient to protect the critical area and public health, safety, and welfare concerns consistent with the goals, purposes, objectives, and requirements of this title.

The applicant shall be responsible for the initiation, preparation, submission, and expense of all required assessments, studies, plans, reconnaissance, and other work in support of the application. The applicant shall provide the City with digital copies and paper copies of reports/studies and maps prepared for the reports/studies, including all geotechnical studies and mapping. [Ord. 4525 § 1, 2021; Ord. 3911 § 2, 2009; Code 1970 § 28.12.080.]