Washington State Department of Ecology - March 22, 2013

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Public may comment on Hunts Point shoreline update

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

The proposed updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the town’s three miles of lake shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Hunts Point’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 land and waters.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Hunts Point’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect.  Cities, towns and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be updating or developing, their master programs.

Ecology will accept public comment on Hunts Point’s proposed shoreline program through May 3, 2013.  Comments and questions should be addressed to Anthony Boscolo, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008, by email to Anthony.Boscolo@ecy.wa.gov, or call 425-649-7049.

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

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

Hunts Point’s proposed update master program:

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 among 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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Media Contacts:

Larry Altose, Ecology media relations, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

Anthony Boscolo, Ecology shoreline planner, 425-649-7049, anthony.boscolo@ecy.wa.gov

Mona Green, Hunts Point Town Planner, 425-455-1834, planner@huntspoint-wa.gov

For more information:

Hunts Point’s proposed shoreline master program:

Ecology (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/huntspoint.html)

Hunts Point (http://huntspoint-wa.gov/)

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)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)