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Environmentally Critical Area (ECA) Surveys

What it is.

NATURAL IMPACT

Environmentally Critical Areas (ECAs) typically include pieces of land that vitally impact the surrounding environment. ECAs can include wetlands, wildlife habitats, or environmentally hazardous areas, but they often have differing designations depending on the jurisdiction.

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Environmentally Critical Area (ECA) Surveys

HOW IT WORKS.

JURISDICTION VARIES

Is your property in an area that requires an ECA Survey?

Many cities have their own online Geographic Information System (GIS) resources that can assist with evaluating the location of your property relative to mapped ECAs. Below are some helpful links for a few of the Jurisdictions we work in often:

  • City of Seattle
  • City of Mercer Island
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Kirkland
  • City of Renton
  • City of Redmond
  • Snohomish County

We employ only the best talent in land surveying, from onsite surveyors to project managers and operators. We are professionals. Experts. Deeply trained, highly motivated—ready to get the job done.

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Environmentally Critical Area (ECA) Surveys

WHY TERRANE.

STRONGER TOGETHER

The definition of steep slopes can be dependent on municipal code and can vary from city to city. The City of Seattle defines a steep slope as “an incline of 40% or more with 10 feet of vertical rise over 25 feet or less.” Most jurisdictions that require ECA surveys can expand limits of a topographic survey by an additional 25 feet around the perimeter of the property, enlarging the survey mapping area. We are thorough and detailed on the drafting requirements for identifying 40% steep slopes and delineating the specific ECA steep slope areas on the final survey.

Ultimately, the limits and extents of steep slopes and associated setbacks are commonly reviewed and approved by a geotechnical engineer and/or the reviewing agency. Completing a project in an ECA generally requires additional consultants (geotechnical engineers, for example) to get the project through permitting review and correction cycles, and we are all reliant on one another as a team for a successful project.

With our extensive project experience with a multitude of professional team members and jurisdictions throughout the PNW we have the resources to ensure your project meets all parties’ requirements for success.

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