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The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires Kittitas County adopt and periodically update regulations that protect five types of critical areas:

  • Fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas
  • Wetlands
  • Critical aquifer recharge areas
  • Frequently flooded areas
  • Geologically hazardous areas

The Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance Title 17A KCC was last updated in 1994. An update to the Kittitas County Critical Areas Ordinance, which includes updates to the Comprehensive Plan policies and County regulations, is necessary to comply with state law. Kittitas County is currently working on the update as part of the Comprehensive Plan update.