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Black Diamond Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 10, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Black Diamond’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the city’s shoreline program is June 24, 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, and administrative procedures and definitions. Black Diamonds current shoreline program has not been updated since the city began implementing King County’s 1976 shoreline program. Shorelines in Black Diamond include over 6 miles of Lake Sawyer and associated wetlands. Black Diamond’s master program provides for the continuation of residential development consistent with the city zoning ordinance, comprehensive plan and critical areas ordinance. The comprehensive update of the SMP will promote protection and restoration of the riparian habitat and recognize the city's residential development pattern.

On July 26, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Black Diamond with required and recommended changes to the city’s comprehensive update of their shoreline program.

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 November 13 to December 21, 2012. Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. No public comments were received.

Documents related for approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted Shoreline Master Program

Background documents

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


  • 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 VOICE of the Valley legal ads on June 24, 2014.

Staff contact

Joe Burcar
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-7145

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