Chelan County In-Lieu Fee Program Development
Chelan County Department of Natural Resources
Chelan County, WA
Pioneering the future of mitigation in Washington State, Chelan County Natural Resources Department is developing one of the State’s first In-Lieu Fee Programs. The Lake Chelan project establishes a framework for maintaining and improving habitat around the lake while streamlining permitting and enabling responsible development. Applicants will be able to pay a one-time fee into the Program fund based on their project impacts. Within three growing seasons of the first fee collection, the In-Lieu Fee Program will break ground on a mitigation project from a prioritized roster to generate mitigation credits. The easy-to-use system simplifies permitting for applicants and guarantees that mitigation addresses impaired aquatic resources on a watershed scale.
The Watershed Company completed the documents needed to institute the Lake Chelan In-Lieu Fee Program, including a watershed-scale analysis of natural resources in the Lake Chelan sub-basin. The Chelan County In-Lieu Fee Prospectus has been completed, and the Program Instrument is under final review.