Washington State Department of Ecology - September 23, 2013

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Public comment sought on Gold Bar shoreline program update

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

The draft shoreline program update will guide construction and development along the city’s 4.8 miles of shorelines along May Creek and the Wallace and Skykomish rivers. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Gold Bar’s locally-tailored shoreline master program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by managing existing and future residential development, and intact river and creek buffers through vegetation conservation standards and the city’s critical areas regulations.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Gold Bar’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 master programs.

Ecology will accept public comment on Gold Bar’s proposed shoreline program until Oct. 24, 2013 at 5 p.m. Comments and questions should be addressed to David Pater, Department of Ecology, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue, WA 98008. Email: david.pater@ecy.wa.gov, or call 425-649-4253.

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

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

Gold Bar’s proposed update to its 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

David Pater, Ecology Shoreline Planner, 425-649-4253

John Light, Public Works Director City of Gold Bar, 360-793-1101

More information:

Gold Bar’s proposed shoreline master program:
-- Ecology website (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/goldbar.html)
-- Gold Bar website (http://cityofgoldbar.us/Page_55.html)

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)