Can a Development Moratorium be removed?
Yes. Title 18H, Forest Practices provides two avenues for seeking relief from a development moratorium:

1. Request for Removal of Development Moratorium. Used to lift development moratorium from entire parcel. Public hearing and Hearing Examiner approval required;
2. Request for Single-Family Dwelling Exception. Used to allow development of a single-family residence and accessory structures/uses on an undivided area up to 2 acres in size. The development moratorium remains in effect on the remainder of parcel until it expires. You must wait until the approved forest practices permit expires before submitting an application for a SFDE when the harvest was permitted through an FPA. You must wait at least two years to submit an application from the date the moratorium was imposed when the harvest was unpermitted All impacts to Critical Areas must be mitigated and reforestation must either be bonded or completed (except where reforestation was not required by the forest practices permit) to obtain approval. No public notice or hearing.

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1. What is a Forest Practice?
2. What is Forest Land?
3. What is a Merchantable Stand of Timber?
4. Who regulates Forest Practices in Pierce County?
5. How do I determine if I need a Forest Practices permit to harvest my timber?
6. What is a Class IV-General forest practice?
7. How much does a Class IV-General forest practices permit cost?
8. What is a Development Moratorium?
9. Why is a Development Moratorium imposed on a parcel?
10. What is a “Notice of Moratorium on Non Forestry Use of Land”?
11. Can I develop my parcel when there is a 6-Year Development Moratorium on it?
12. Where can I look to see if a parcel has a 6-Year Development Moratorium?
13. Can a Development Moratorium be removed?
14. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to install a septic system and/or well?
15. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down trees in order to clear my parcel for my future home?
16. What is a Conversion Option Harvest Plan (COHP)?
17. Do I have to pay any taxes on the timber I harvest?
18. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down danger/hazard trees?
19. Do I need a forest practices permit from Pierce County to cut down a “few” trees?
20. How can I find or look at Forest Practices application being reviewed by the State?