Washington State Department of Ecology - March 28, 2013

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Comment sought on Mountlake Terrace Shoreline program

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

The proposed updated program will guide construction and development in the city’s 1.2 miles of Lake Ballinger shoreline. The city’s update proposes shoreline environment designations, buffers and setbacks tailored to reflect existing land uses and ecological conditions. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Mountlake Terrace’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by preserving existing shoreline and wetland habitat, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to access public land and waters.

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

Ecology will accept public comment on Mountlake Terrace’s proposed shoreline program through April 25, 2013.  Comments and questions should be addressed to David Pater, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Avenue SE Bellevue, Washington 98008, or david.pater@ecy.wa.gov.  Questions may be directed to the email address, or call 425-649-4253.

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

Mountlake Terrace’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 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, Regional Communications Manager, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

David Pater, Ecology Shoreline Planner, 425-649-4253, david.pater@ecy.wa.gov

Edith Duttlinger, Senior Planner, City of Mountlake Terrace, 360-744-6279, eduttlinger@ci.mlt.wa.us

For more information:

Mountlake Terrace’s proposed shoreline master program:

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)