It will be a virtual impossibility for laymen and experts alike to figure out what is legal. However, I suppose that might be part of the County's plan: to get us to ask permission for everything. I further suppose that many years of litigation are ahead of us to clarify several aspects of the code.
Here is a summary of the length of the ordinances as they stand right now.
- General Provisions for all the CAOs - 38 pages
- Geologically Hazardous and Frequently Flooded Areas - 12 pages
- Wetlands - 65 pages
- Fish & Wildlife Habitat - 53 pages
While many bills in Congress can exceed 1,000 pages, the average length for a Congressional Bill is just 15 pages. When Congress is an order of magnitude more concise than our own Council, heaven help us.
For the record, the existing CAO is only 17 pages long.
If you haven't looked at the draft CAOs, please do. They have to be seen to be believed, so you must look at them yourself. The impenetrable prose is punctuated by "helpful" flowcharts, such as the one shown below. While you are in a reading mood, have a gander at the Planning Commission minority report on the Fish & Wildlife Habitat CAO too. I think you'll find that to be much more interesting than the CAO itself.
|Flowchart from the proposed Fish & Wildlife Habitat CAO|