Grays Harbor Adopts Critical Areas Ordinance

Commissioner Mike Wilson said the ordinance was a long time coming, and commended staff that worked on the culmination of five workshops on the matter.
It’s hard to get people to agree on everything, but to at least come to the acceptance that there is something here that is good, I believe this is in the best interest of the people and the county. – Commissioner Mike Wilson
Washington’s Growth Management Act requires all counties and cities to adopt the Ordinance in order to outline regulations for all new development on or adjacent to “critical areas.” Grays Harbor was the last county in the state to do so, and was legally challenged in July of 2010 by Futurewise and Friends of Grays Harbor who argued that the original ordinance did not do enough to protect fragile wetlands.