Washington State Department of Ecology - July 9, 2013

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Comments sought on Bainbridge Island shoreline program update

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

The proposal will guide construction and development in the city’s 54 miles of marine shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

The city’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 the city’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. Cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be updating or developing, their shoreline programs.

Ecology will host an open house and public hearing on the city’s shoreline program proposal on July 31, at Bainbridge Island City Hall, 280 Madison Avenue North, in the city council chambers. Officials from Ecology and the city will be available to answer questions. The open house will begin at 6 p.m., followed by the public hearing at 7 p.m.

Ecology also will accept public comment on the Bainbridge Island’s proposed shoreline program through Aug. 23, 2013. Comments and questions should be addressed to Barbara Nightingale, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Northwest Regional Office, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008; Barbara.Nightingale@ecy.wa.gov or 425-649-4309.

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

After the public comment period Ecology may approve the city’s proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or identify specific provisions that need modification to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Once approved by Ecology, the city’s shoreline program becomes part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Bainbridge Island’s proposed master program update:

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 Contact:

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

Barbara Nightingale, Ecology shorelines planner, 425-649-4309, barbara.nightingale@ecy.wa.gov

Ryan Ericson, Bainbridge Island shoreline planner, 206-842-2552, REricson@ci.bainbridge-isl.wa.us


For more information:

Bainbridge Island 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/socialmedia.html)