Washington State Department of Ecology - August 16, 2013

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Ecology seeks public comment on Langley shoreline program update

BELLEVUE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Langley’s proposed update to its shoreline master program.

The draft shoreline program update will guide construction and development along the city’s 1.73 miles of marine shorelines.

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

The city’s proposed program consists of shoreline environment designations, setbacks and permitted uses 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.

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

Ecology will accept public comment on Langley’s proposed shoreline program until Sept. 20 at 5 p.m. Comments and questions should be addressed to David Pater, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 3190 160th Ave. S.E. Bellevue WA 98008. Email Pater at david.pater@ecy.wa.gov, or call 425-649-4253.

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

After the public comment period, Ecology may approve Langley’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, Langley’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Langley’s proposed updated 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, Regional Communications Manager, 425-649-7009, larry.altose@ecy.wa.gov

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

Jeff Arango, Community Planning Director City of Langley 360-279-4513, jarango@langley.org

For more information:

Langley’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)