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Cities use ordinances to regulate development in critical areas. These are areas that contain steep slopes, wetland, fish and wildlife habitat that frequently flood or are important to supplying clean water. The City of Stevenson selected BergerABAM to prepare an update to its existing critical area ordinance and prepare the necessary geographic information system (GIS) maps. BergerABAM reviewed the existing ordinance for consistency with the current Growth Management Act, completed an exhaustive review of literature regarding Best Available Science, and authored an update to the ordinance. The firm also inventoried wetlands and streams within the city limits, assisted in categorizing and mapping sensitive resources, and created environmental GIS layers. These studies and maps were used to craft the updated ordinance language.