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Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 23, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Bainbridge Island with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The updated SMP will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held July 22, 2013 to August 23, 2013. Ecology also held a public hearing where over 100 citizens attended the event and 27 provided testimony during the public hearing.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Approximately 2,000 interested parties were invited to provide public comment and attend the open house and hearing. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received 112 written and verbal comments. Comments are largely about existing development, buffers and docks. Comments also reference the size of the updated document and the final submittal process.

Response to public comment

Ecology prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to Bainbridge Island for their response. Ecology’s summary of public comments is provided in the Ecology Comment-Summary. The city’s responses to comments are found in the city’s Final Responses to Comments. Ecology also prepared a response to public comments in Attachment D: Ecology Response to Public Comments.

Bainbridge Island’s current shoreline program has not been comprehensively updated since 1996. The updated SMP will guide future development along the island’s 53 miles of marine shorelines. 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.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally approved shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Barbara Nightingale, Washington State Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Barbara Nightingale
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 – 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
Barbara.Nightingale@ecy.wa.gov
(425) 649-4309

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