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Title: 21 - Coastal Zoning

Chapter: 11A - RCA2 Designated Resource Conservation Area District

Section: 80 - Wetland restoration guidelines

Restoration projects which are a permitted development in Section 21.11A.040(D) are publicly or privately financed projects in which restoration is the sole purpose of the project except as set forth in subsection A of this section:

     A.  Requirements for filling for the purpose of re-classification in urban areas restoration projects may include some fill for reclassification for nonpermitted uses if the wetlands are small, extremely isolated and incapable of being restored. Small, extremely isolated wetland parcels that are being restored to biologically productive systems may be filled and developed for reclassification only if such actions establish stable and logical boundaries between urban and wetland areas and if the applicant provides funds sufficient to accomplish the approved restoration program in the same general region. All the following criteria must be satisfied before this exception can be granted.

         1.  The wetland to be filled is so small (e.g., less than one acre) and so isolated (e.g., not contiguous or adjacent to a larger wetland) that it is not capable of re-covering and maintaining a high level of biological productivity without major restoration activities.

         2.  The wetland must not provide significant habitat value to wetland fish and wildlife species, and must not be used by any species which is rare or endangered. (For ex-ample: such a parcel would usually be completely surrounded by urban commercial, residential, or industrial development which are incompatible with the existence of the wetland as a significant habitat area.)

         3.  Restoration of another wetland to mitigate for fill can most feasibly be achieved in conjunction with filling a small wetland.

         4.  Restoration of a parcel to mitigate for the fill must occur at a site which is next to a larger, contiguous wetland area providing significant habitat value to fish and wildlife which would benefit from the addition of more area. In addition, such restoration must occur in the same general region (e.g., within the general area surrounding the same wetland or estuary where the fill occurred).

         5.  The Department of Fish and Game and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have determined the proposed restoration project can be successfully carried out.

     B. Degraded Wetlands. The California Department of Fish and Game must identify an area as a degraded wetland. The requirements for the restoration of such a designated wetland shall be as set forth in the "Statewide Interpretive Guideline for Wetlands and Other Wet Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas" adopted by the California State Coastal Commission on February 4, 1981.


(Ord. 83-03(part))