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(Chiawana, Wade, Riverview, Schlagel, and Sacajawea parks, marina, boat launch areas)

(1) Purpose. The purpose of the recreation environment designation is to provide for water-oriented recreational uses with some commercial uses to support recreational uses while protecting existing ecological functions, conserving existing natural resources, and restoring ecological functions in areas that have been previously degraded.

(2) Designation Criteria. The following criteria are used to consider a recreation environment designation:

(a) The shoreline has low-to-moderate ecological function with low-to-moderate opportunity for preservation and restoration.

(b) The shoreline is highly developed, and most development is recreation-related with potential for additional recreation and recreation-related commerce, or is suitable and planned for water-oriented uses.

(c) The shoreline has existing recreation uses or moderate-to-high potential for public and private water-oriented recreation where ecological functions can be maintained or enhanced.

(d) The shoreline has limited scientific or educational value or unique historic or cultural resources values.

(3) Management Policies. In addition to the other applicable policies and regulations of this SMP, the following management policies shall apply:

(a) In regulating uses in the recreation environment, first priority should be given to water-dependent recreational uses. Second priority should be given to water-related and water-enjoyment recreational uses. Nonwater-oriented uses should not be allowed, except as part of mixed-use developments with a recreation focus.

(b) Policies and regulations shall ensure no net loss of shoreline ecological functions as a result of new development. Consistent with the City’s SMP Restoration Plan, new development may be required, as applicable, to include restoration of shoreline functions as part of project proposals.

(c) Where feasible, visual and physical public access should be required as provided for in PMC 29.15.070, Public access. Recreational objectives should be enhanced by combining physical and visual public access opportunities with other recreational opportunities where feasible.

(d) Water-oriented commercial uses should be allowed.

(e) Aesthetic objectives should be implemented by means such as sign control regulations, appropriate development siting, screening, architectural standards, and maintenance of natural vegetative buffers. [Ord. 4314 § 2, 2016; Code 1970 § 29.01.150.]