Shoreline Management Conditional Use Permits
A conditional use permit may be granted only when the development proposed is consistent with the policies and procedures of the Shoreline Management Act, the Shoreline Management Program, the provisions of the State Environmental Policy Act, and other county plans, policies, objectives, and land use regulations. The objective of a conditional use permit is to provide more flexibility for implementing the use regulations of the Management Program in a manner consistent with the provisions of the Shoreline Management Act.
In authorizing a conditional use, special conditions may be attached to the permit by local government or the department to prevent undesirable effects of the proposed use or development.
A conditional use permit should be granted in a circumstance where denial of the permit would result in a thwarting of the policies of the Shoreline Management Act.
Uses which are identified or defined in the master program as conditional uses may be authorized only when the applicant can demonstrate all of the following:
That the proposed use will be consistent with the policies of the Shoreline Management Act and the policies of the master program.
That the proposed use will not interfere with the normal public use of public shorelines.
That the proposed use of the site and design of the project will be compatible with other permitted uses within the area.
That the proposed use will cause no unreasonably adverse effects to the shoreline environment in which it is to be located.
That the public interest suffers no substantial detrimental effect.
Other uses which are not classified or identified in the master program may be authorized as conditional uses, provided the applicant can demonstrate, in addition to the criteria set forth above in subsection (2), that extraordinary circumstances preclude reasonable use of the property in a manner consistent with the use regulations of the master program.
Uses which are specifically prohibited by the master program may not be authorized.
In the granting of conditional use permits, consideration shall be given to the cumulative impact of additional requests for like actions in the areas. For example, if conditional use permits were granted for other developments in the area where similar circumstances exist, the total of the conditional uses should also remain consistent with the policies of the Shoreline Management Act, and should not produce substantial adverse effects to the shoreline environment.