What is a Resource Protection Area (RPA)?
An RPA is a sensitive environmental corridor that, by state law, must be preserved or restored to a natural condition when disturbed. The purpose of the RPA is to provide a buffer between development and water resources like streams. A natural buffer has been proven to provide a benefit to water quality, which is why the state mandates that all streams with perennial flow to be protected by a 100-foot buffer that is measured from the top of a stream bank.

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1. What is a perennial stream?
2. If my home is within an RPA, can I still make an addition?
3. Are decks allowed within the RPA?
4. Are new sheds allowed within the RPA?
5. Can I remove vegetation within an RPA?
6. What if I want to redevelop my property?
7. What is the exception process?
8. Are there penalties for violating RPA restrictions?
9. Where can I find additional information?
10. What is a Resource Protection Area (RPA)?
11. How do I know if my property is within the RPA?
12. What an I allowed to do within the RPA?