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A. The provisions of this chapter apply to all lands containing Water Resources and Water Resource Protection Zones. Water Resources and Water Resource Protection Zones are defined, established and protected in this chapter.

B. State and federal wetland and riparian regulations will continue to apply within the City, regardless of whether or not these areas are mapped on Water Resources map. Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted as superseding or nullifying state or federal requirements. Additionally, the City shall provide notification to the Oregon Department of State Lands (DSL), as required by Division 23 of Oregon Administrative Rules, for all applications concerning development permits or other land use decisions affecting wetlands on the inventory.

C. The burden is on the property owner to demonstrate that the requirements of this chapter are met or are not applicable to development activity or other proposed use or alteration of land. The Staff Advisor may make a determination based on the Water Resources map, field check, and any other relevant maps, site plans, and information that a Water Resource or Water Resource Protection Zone is not located on a particular site or is not impacted by proposed development, activities or uses. In cases where the location of the Water Resource or Water Resource Protection Zone is unclear or disputed, the Staff Advisor may require a survey, delineation prepared by a natural resource professional, or a sworn statement from a natural resource professional that no Water Resources or Water Resource Protection Zones exist on the site.

D. All Water Resource Protection Zones shall be protected from alteration and development, except as specifically provided in this chapter. No person or entity shall alter or allow to be altered any real property designated as a Water Resource Protection Zone, except as set forth in an exemption, approved planning application or permit authorized in this chapter. No person or entity shall use or allow to be used, property designated as a Water Resource Protection Zone, except as set forth in an exemption, approved planning application or permit authorized in this chapter.

E. Where this chapter and any other ordinance, easement, covenant or deed restriction conflict or overlap, whichever imposes the more stringent restrictions shall prevail. It is likely that there will be some overlap between the regulations in this chapter and those in chapter 18.3.10 Physical and Environmental Constraints Overlay, which regulates development in physical constrained areas including floodplains. Where two regulations are in conflict, the most stringent shall govern.

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