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Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

The Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program is currently under appeal.

  • Aquaculture provisions:  See Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board case 14-3-0011, Bainbridge Alliance for Puget Sound, et al. v. City of Bainbridge Island, et al.
  • Single family residential provisions:  Appeal of the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board decision in case 14-3-0012, Preserve Responsible Shoreline Management (PRSM), et al. v. City of Bainbridge Island, et al. Contact Kitsap County Clerk's Office to request documents related to cases 15-2-00881-3 and 15-2-00904-6.

On July 16, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the Bainbridge Island Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Bainbridge Island shoreline program is July 30, 2014, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, administrative procedures, and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

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). These changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules.

A public comment period was held from July 22, 2013 through August 23, 2013. Ecology also held a public hearing on July 31, 2013 where 27 interested parties testified. During the public comment period, an additional 85 comments were also received by Ecology.   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. Comments were largely about non-conforming development, buffers and docks. The size of the document and the final submittal process were also mentioned.

The public comments and the city and Ecology’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions and Attachment D: Ecology’s responses to Public Comments (below).  

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 Misty Blair, Washington State Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Bainbridge Island Review legal ads by August 8, 2014.

Staff contact

Misty Blair
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 – 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008
(425) 649-4309

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