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Black Diamond Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

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 Master Program (SMP).

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.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

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.

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.

Staff contact

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

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