SEPA checklist guidance, Section B: Recreation
We provide guidance to help applicants complete the Recreation section of the SEPA Section B: Environmental elements checklist.
a. What designated and informal recreational opportunities are in the immediate vicinity?
This information helps reviewers better understand a development project's community impacts. Applicants should be specific and address possible impacts to formally-designated recreation areas as well as other uses such as access to state shorelines and common fishing spots. Other examples include:
b. Would the proposed project displace any existing recreational uses?
- Walking, hiking, biking, and picnicking
- Dirt biking, dune buggies, and horseback riding
- Play ground, ball field, tennis or basketball courts, and golf courses
- Recreation centers, swimming areas or pools, boating, rafting, fishing, and beach combing
- Parks, stadiums, museums, aquariums, zoos, and wildlife viewing opportunities
- Theaters, fairs, convention centers, and other public facilities
Consider how a proposal will directly impede, interfere, or prevent current and reasonably-foreseeable future recreational uses. These could include:
c. Proposed measures to reduce or control impacts on recreation, including recreation opportunities to be provided by the project or applicant, if any.
- Shoreline access
- Shellfish harvesting
- Swimming, boating, and other water activities
- Wildlife viewing
- Hiking, camping, horseback riding, and skiing
These measures could include:
- Development or improvement of a playground
- Recreation center
- Donation of park land or facilities to a recreation agency
- Donation of land to create a park facility, club house, or public access to a beach and shorelines.