Cowlitz County is required to complete periodic review and updates to it's Critical Areas Ordinance. The next update is due on or before June 30, 2017. The updates must incorporate best available science balanced with local factors. A review of best available science has been conducted alongside existing regulations. Gaps have been identified and revised code language is proposed. Additionally, several updates are proposed to refine areas under critical areas regulation and improve customer experience during the permitting process. The Planning Commission is presently reviewing the proposed changes in public workshops.