Environmental & Natural Resources

The Environmental and Natural Resources Planning Section administers the Yakima County Critical Areas Ordinance, Yakima County Regional Shoreline Master Program, and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA).
The Environmental and Natural Resources Section assists property owners and applicants who wish to improve or develop their properties, analyzes natural resources for community planning, reviews development applications, and participates in efforts to promote environmental sustainability for county residents, businesses and visitors.

What We Do
The Environmental and Natural Resources (ENR) staff reviews and writes decisions for permit applications submitted to the Planning and Building divisions. At the counter, planners help property owners, developers, contractors and consultants with questions about critical areas, Shorelines, and SEPA, based on Yakima County Code and state laws. Planners frequently conduct site visits as part of project reviews. The ENR planners work closely with state agencies and long range planners to write and implement plans and polices that protect our natural resources and surrounding environment.