79A.05.645  <<  79A.05.650 >>   79A.05.655

Reservation for pedestrian useRestrictions on motorized traffic.

(1) Except as provided in RCW 79A.05.655 and 79A.05.660, a total of forty percent of the length of the beach subject to the recreation management plan shall be reserved for pedestrian use under this section and RCW 79A.05.665. Restrictions on motorized traffic under this section shall be from April 15th to the day following Labor day of each year. Local jurisdictions may adopt provisions within recreation management plans that exceed the requirements of this section. The commission shall not require that a plan designate for pedestrian use more than forty percent of the land subject to the plan.
(2) In designating areas to be reserved for pedestrian use, the plan shall consider the following:
(a) Public safety;
(b) Statewide interest in recreational use of the ocean beaches;
(c) Protection of shorebird and marine mammal habitats;
(d) Preservation of native beach vegetation;
(e) Protection of sand dune topography;
(f) Prudent management of clam beds;
(g) Economic impacts to the local community; and
(h) Public access and parking availability.


Effective date1988 c 75: See note following RCW 79A.05.635.
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