Surface mining overlay update
The Planning Commission hearing on Surface Mining Overlay policies and procedures has been continued from November 21 over to Thursday, December 5 at 6:30 p.m., 1300 Franklin Street, 6th Floor Hearing Room. Testimony and record was closed at the hearing on November 21. The final vote by Planning Commission on policies and procedures will be held at the hearing on December 5.
Information on Planning Commission proceedings, minutes, and a link to a video of the previous hearing is available on the Planning Commission webpage.
The Board of County Commissioners hearing will be rescheduled sometime in early 2014.
Clark County adopted a Surface Mining Overlay map and code standards as well as mineral lands policies in the mid-1990s. These standards and designations have not changed substantially, since there have been major changes at the State level that have prompted the County to initiate an update of our mineral resource lands regulations.
Counties planning under the Growth Management Act are required to identify, designate, and protect mineral resource lands that are not already characterized by urban growth and that have long-term significance for the extraction of minerals (RCW 36.70A.170). There are four mandatory elements when updating the Surface Mining Overlay (SMO):
- The County must approach the effort as a county-wide or regional process.
The Surface Mining Overlay update will be county-wide and will provide opportunities for owner-initiated requests.
- The County must identify and classify mineral resource lands from which the extraction of minerals occurs or can be anticipated.
- The County must designate known mineral deposits so that access to mineral resources of long-term commercial significance is not knowingly precluded.
- The County must review its policies and development regulations for mineral resource lands. (RCW 36.70A.131).0
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