§ 50-216. Definitions.  

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  • The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this article, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this section, except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

    Buffer means a designated area of adequate width to provide for protection of the streambank, channel soil and vegetative cover as determined by the issuing authority, adjacent to any state waters, watercourses, or drainage areas, in which no land disturbing activities shall be undertaken unless approved in the plan. Such activities may include stream crossings for trains, transportation routes or utilities construction, sewer and water line construction, and minor landscaping or channel improvement activities to stabilize a critical area.

    Commercial development means any development which is not a single-family residential subdivision.

    Density factor means a unit of measure used to prescribe the calculated required tree coverage on a site.

    Department means the community development agency or successor department, by whatever title designated.

    Director of community development means the agency director or his successor to his duties, by whatever title designated, or his designee.

    Issuing authority means the department or its agent or designated representative, which shall be responsible for administering this article.

    Land disturbance permit means the authorization necessary to begin a land disturbing activity under the provisions of this article.

    Land disturbing activity means any land change which may result in soil erosion from water or wind and the movement of sediments into the waters or into land within the county, including, but not limited to, clearing, grubbing, stripping, dredging, grading, excavating, transporting and filling of land.

    Protected zone means all lands that fall outside the buildable area of a parcel, all areas of the parcel required to remain in open space, and all designated buffers or tree-save areas, or conditions of zoning approval.

    Subdivision means a single-family residential development.

    Tree means any living, self-supporting woody perennial plant which normally obtains a trunk diameter of at least two inches and which normally obtains a height of at least ten feet at maturity, usually with one main stem or trunk and many branches.

    Tree preservation and replacement standards means standards and specifications established by the county and incorporated in this article for the identification, preservation, replacement and protection of trees.

(Ord. of 9-27-88; Code 1977, § 3-24.5-3; Ord. of 4-29-99)

Cross reference

Definitions generally, § 1-2.