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Bellevue Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment period is closed

The Washington Department of Ecology held a public comment period on the City of Bellevue’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The period for public comment was from September 30 – October 31, 2016. An open house and public hearing were held at Bellevue City Hall on October 18, 2016. Eighteen citizens signed in at this event, and 10 of them gave testimony. Some encouraged Ecology to approve the SMP as is, as they felt enough time has been spent on developing it, while others felt the SMP needs to be more protective of Bellevue’s shorelines.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest in the update of the SMP. Notice was published in The Seattle Times on September 29, 2016, to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology has received 29 verbal and written comments. Comments are focused on prioritizing ecological protections, private property rights, and impact to property values.

Response to public comment

Ecology prepared a summary of public comments, which we sent to the City of Bellevue on November 21, 2016. The City replied to the summary of public comments on January 31, 2017.

Next Steps: Ecology's decision

Ecology will decide if the City of Bellevue’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the City of Bellevue with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes. Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available.  Please check back.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available.  Please check back.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

City of Bellevue Locally approved SMP Shoreline Master Program

SMP Background Documents

Other Background Documents

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Amelia Petersen, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Amelia Petersen
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
Phone: 425-649-7244

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