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North Bend Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On January 3, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved North Bend’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. North Bend’s shoreline master program was last updated in 1990. This comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.

Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of North Bend’s shoreline program is January 17, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

North Bend’s shoreline includes eight miles on the South and Middle Forks of the Snoqualmie River. The City’s updated shoreline program recognizes protection of intact riparian buffers and the continuation of existing uses and floodplain management. Public access standards also recognize the many existing shoreline access trails while providing direction for future access opportunities.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 August 2, 2012, the Department of Ecology provided North Bend with required changes to the City’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in March 2012. 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 complied with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held April 25 – May 25, 2012.

Ecology used mail and email to solicit comments from those who had expressed prior interest in the shoreline program update. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. We received a total of four individual comments from one organization and one citizen. Comments focused on shoreline jurisdiction and flood protection structures. On June 6, 2012, Ecology sent a summary of the comments to North Bend for their response. The public’s comment and the City’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions, 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 Snoqualmie Valley Record legal ads on January 23, 2013.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

North Bend documents related to conditional approval

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater, (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-7145

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