A land capacity report (LCR) shall be required with all applications for major subdivisions.
   (A)   Submittal.  An LCR shall be submitted before or in conjunction with the tentative map application for subdivision.
   (B)   An LCR shall contain the following:
      (1)   A slope map depicting existing conditions and which shows, by shading or other clear means, areas of slope less than 20 percent, areas of slope 20 percent to 30 percent, areas of slope 30 percent to 40 percent and areas of slope in excess of 40 percent.  The acreage of each slope category shall be estimated.
      (2)   A resource conservation analysis consisting of text and maps describing the land features and environmental resources including an identification and analysis of the following:
         (a)   Floodplains and areas where ponding may occur;
         (b)   Geologic and soils conditions, including hazard potential;
         (c)   Hydrology;
         (d)   Existing trees and areas of riparian vegetation;
         (e)   Scenic areas;
         (f)   Rare or endangered plant and animal species and habitat areas;
         (g)   Rock outcroppings;
         (h)   Existing roads, trails and pathways;
         (i)   Primary wildlife habitats and resources, including wildlife movement corridors;
         (j)   Cultural resources such as archaeological, historical and paleontological resources;
         (k)   Knolls, ridges and other promontories where tong-range views are possible; and
         (l)   Other noteworthy or unusual site characteristics.
   (C)   Waiver.  An LCR may be waived by the Planning Director where a finding is made that the report would serve no useful purpose.
   (D)   Notice.  A determination by the Planning Director to waive the requirement or a refusal to do so after a waiver is requested by the applicant, shall be reported, in writing, to the applicant and to the Planning Commission within ten days of the decision.
   (E)   Planning Commission action.  The Planning Commission shall, at its next regular meeting following receipt of the decision, affirm or reverse the Planning Director’s decision.  The decision of the Planning Commission shall be final.
(Prior Code, § 16.07.230)  (Ord. 670, passed - -1998)