RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
What is "development"?
Under the Shoreline Management Act, development means a use consisting of:
All "developments" within the shorelines of the state must be consistent with the policies of the SMA and the requirements of the local SMP. However, only "substantial developments" require a substantial development permit.
Although a proposed development may be found exempt from substantial development permit requirements, it may still require a variance or conditional use permit and must comply with the local SMP.
Demolition or removal of structures may constitute a development where the act of demolition alters the exterior of a structure, involves filling, dredging, drilling, excavation, placing of obstructions, etc. (greater than $5,000 in value) or materially interferes with public use of the shorelines. In special cases where a structure is moved or dismantled, e.g. unbolted without causing any of the actions listed as "development," a substantial development permit may not be required.
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