Washington State Department of Ecology - March 25, 2013

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Public comments invited on Beaux Arts Village shoreline update

BELLEVUE - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) seeks public comment on Beaux Arts Village’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the town’s 1,146 feet of Lake Washington shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Beaux Arts Village’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 Beaux Arts Village’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 Beaux Arts Village’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.

Beaux Arts Village’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 Beaux Arts Village to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Beaux Arts Village’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Beaux Arts Village’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.

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, Beaux Arts Village Town Planner, 425-454-8580 mhgreen@comcast.net

For more information:

Beaux Arts Village’s proposed shoreline master program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/BeauxArtsVillage.html)

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)