Department of Ecology News Release - November 6, 2012

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Ecology starts review of Woodway’s shoreline program update, seeks public comment

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Woodway’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed update will guide construction and development in the town’s 1.5 miles of stream and Puget Sound shoreline.  It also includes a half-mile of marine shoreline at Point Wells, a potential annexation area. The program combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Woodway’s locally-tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to public lands and waters.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Woodway’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 200 cities and counties statewide are in the process or soon will be updating or crafting their master programs.

Ecology will accept public comment on Woodway’s proposed shoreline program through Dec.7, 2012. Comments and questions should be addressed to Bobbak Talebi, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008, by email to Bobbak.Talebi@ecy.wa.gov, or call (425) 649-7199.

Woodway’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

After the public comment period is done, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline master program as written, reject it or direct Woodway to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Woodway’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Woodway’s proposed updated master program:

All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014. They are following regulations adopted by Ecology in 2003. The regulations resulted from a negotiated settlement between 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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More information on Woodway’s proposed shoreline master program:

More about shoreline master programs www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/index.html

Our Living Shorelines web portal: www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html