Department of Ecology News Release - May 12, 2014
Bonney Lake proposes updated shoreline program
People can comment on plan to protect shorelines, views and recreational uses through June 9
OLYMPIA – The Department of Ecology is inviting people to comment on Bonney
Lake’s proposed updates to its
shoreline master program that will guide construction and development along
Lake Tapps and Fennel Creek shorelines within the city of Bonney Lake.
The program is locally crafted and designed to reflect local needs, and
emphasizes priorities like views and continued residential and recreational use
in addition to the lake’s water quality and value into the future.
The comment period runs through June 9, 2014.
Bonney Lake’s proposed updated master program:
- Helps minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas,
reserves appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect
the public’s right to public land and waters.
- Provides shoreline regulations that are integrated with the
city’s comprehensive plan, floodplain management and critical
areas ordinances as part of a unified development code.
- Establishes setbacks of 60 feet with the flexibility to
reduce setbacks based on individual property circumstances.
These setbacks are consistent with the existing development
pattern along the lake.
- Protects existing shoreline vegetation and encourages the
re-establishment of shoreline vegetation through different
- Limits the length of new residential docks and piers to the
minimum necessary, up to 50 feet.
- Encourages soft-bank erosion control methods and limits
construction of new shoreline armoring.
- Gives priority to conservation and enhancement of native
shoreline vegetation by placing a 200-foot buffer on Fennel
Creek below Victor Falls.
- Helps support the broader initiative to protect and restore
The proposed program and related documents can be reviewed online at:
Documents also are available for review in-person at:
- Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office reception counter
- Bonney Lake’s Justice & Municipal Center
Here’s how to submit comments:
- Mail them to Sarah Lukas, Department of Ecology, P.O. Box
47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600.
- Email them to
firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 360-407-7459.
All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated
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.
Linda Kent, Ecology
communications, 360-791-9830, @ecySW
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