CAO mtg for Horse Owners, Feb 9 - 7pm Black Diamond
- Many of you are interested in the CAO developments in King County so I
encourage you to attend this public meeting being held by the county. This is an
opportunity to learn more & ask questions. It is this coming Wednesday evening,
February 9th, at 7pm in Black Diamond.
The message below from King County & includes details & contact info.
Horses for Clean Water
Horse owners and equestrian group members!
Come learn more about King County's Critical Areas Ordinance and how it
applies to properties with horses and farms!
Wednesday, February 9th; 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Black Diamond Community Center
31605 3rd Black Diamond
King County Agriculture Program and King Conservation District Staff will be
on hand to provide an overview of how critical area regulations affect
properties with horses and farms. Ask questions and learn about the farm planning
option offered for compliance with these regulations. Review the attached fact
sheet "Important Things for Horse Owners to Know about King County's CAO".
Hope to see you there!
Visit the Critical Areas web site to download the ordinance, or for more
Telephone or E-mail King County Staff Members Susan Oxholm: 206-296-1984;
susan.oxholm@... <mailto:susan.oxholm@...> or Claire Dyckman:
206-296-1926; claire.dyckman@... <mailto:claire.dyckman@...>
King County’s Critical Areas Ordinance and properties with horses
Important things horse owners should know about King County’s Critical Areas
Existing activities and existing clearing are grandfathered.
Fixed buffers and clearing limits do not apply under a farm plan.
Permit costs for some agricultural building permits have been lowered.
Farm plans are free.
Properties with approved farm plans are eligible for receiving cost sharing
dollars to implement components of the plan.
Grazed wet meadows can be used for field access roads, stables and
Horse owners may not be affected by King County’s Critical Areas Ordinance
and clearing limits:
Existing clearing, pastures, barns, paddocks, and other activities are
grandfathered into the provisions.
With a farm plan, prepared in conjunction with the King Conservation
District, the clearing limits do not apply and wetlands and streams are protected
through best management practices rather than fixed buffers
With a farm plan horse owners will be able to build stables, loading docks,
and confinement areas within a grazed wet meadow. This was not allowed before.
The ordinance lets horse owners protect natural systems by using farm plans
to put “best management practices” in place. These practices will protect
streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers, and other critical areas. For example, the
horse owner might determine through the farm plan to build fences to keep
livestock from streams, put manure management practices in place, or plant grass
filter strips or hedgerows to protect water quality.
If the farm plan includes provisions for manure compost bins up to 240sf and
installation of livestock bridges designed to pre-approved specifications, a
grading permit is not required.
Large structures like stables or barns will now qualify for small site
drainage review instead of the normal, large site drainage review; this is a less
expensive process than what is required under former regulations.
There have been no changes to the current regulations for livestock densities.
Agricultural operations including horse properties may pay less for permits
since farm plans are being offered for free and developed by the King
Conservation District with help from DDES and DNRP staff.
For more information visit: www.metrokc.gov/cao or call the DDES Customer
Service Phone Line: (206) 296-6600.
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