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Mountlake Terrace Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On November 14, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Mountlake Terrace’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Mountlake Terrace’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by preserving existing shoreline and wetland habitat, reserving appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protecting the public’s right to access public land and waters. The proposed updated program will guide construction and development along the city’s 1.2 miles of Lake Ballinger shoreline. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Mountlake Terrace’s shoreline program is November 28, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

On June 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Mountlake Terrace with required changes to the city’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in January 2013. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates. The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held March 25 – April 25, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received comments from one citizen regarding impacts of regulations on shoreline residential property. On May 9, Ecology sent a summary of comments to Mountlake Terrace for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into a public comment summary.

This comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. Ecology's 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.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater, 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 Everett Herald legal ads on December 2, 2013.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-4253

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