Approval Criteria for Siting of Dwellings on Forest Land in the GMA
(1)The dwelling and structures shall be sited on the parcel so that they will have the least impact on nearby or adjoining forest operations. Dwellings shall be set back at least 200 feet from adjacent properties. Clustering or locating proposed development closer to existing development on adjacent lands may minimize impacts on nearby or adjacent forest operations.
(2)The amount of forest land used to site dwellings, structures, access roads, and service corridors shall be minimized. This can include locating new dwellings and structures as close to existing public roads as possible, thereby minimizing the length of access roads and utility corridors; or locating the dwelling, access road, and service corridors on portions of the parcel that are least or poorly suited for forestry. Areas may not be suitable for forestry because of existing nonforest uses, adjacent dwellings, or land productivity.
(3)Dwellings shall be located to minimize the risks associated with wildfire. Dwellings should be located on gentle slopes and in any case not on slopes that exceed 40 percent. Narrow canyons and draws should be avoided. Dwellings should be located to minimize the difficulty of gaining access to the structure in the case of fire. Dwellings should be located to make the access roads as short and flat as possible.
(4)A local government may grant a variance to the siting guidelines contained within this section upon a demonstration that the guidelines in “Variances from Setbacks and Buffers” (350-081-0078 (Variances)) have been satisfied.
Rule 350-081-0310 — Approval Criteria for Siting of Dwellings on Forest Land in the GMA,