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Areas designated for Wildlife Corridors, Special Policy Areas or Buffer Zones: When a land use is proposed, or an existing land use is increased by more than 25 percent of disturbed area within a OS Overlay designated as a wildlife corridor, special policy area or buffer zone, the land use application shall include a biotic resources report or other special report as appropriate for the subject area prepared as follows, except where the Director finds that prior environmental studies approved by the County have determined that the site does not contain viable habitat.
(a) Report Content. If a biotic resources report is required, it shall identify all biotic resources located on the site and those on adjacent parcels that could be impacted by the proposed development and the impacts on the area as a wildlife corridor. If another special report is required, it shall identify all resources that are sensitive and need protection. The report shall also identify mitigation measures designed to reduce or eliminate impacts to the identified resources, and shall be submitted along with the application for the proposed development
(b) Report Preparation. The biotic resources report shall be prepared by an appropriate expert (e.g., a qualified biologist, botanist, herpetologist, or other professional “life scientist.” The professional qualifications of the person preparing a biotic resources report shall be in compliance with § 82.11.050 (Professional Qualifications). The professional qualifications of the person preparing a paleontologic resources report shall be in compliance with § 82.19.040 (Paleontologist Qualifications). The professional qualifications of the person preparing another special report may also require special qualifications in compliance the Department’s procedures.
(Ord. 4011, passed - -2007)