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Shoreline Master Programs

Bonney Lake Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On October 2, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved Bonney Lake’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Bonney Lake’s shoreline program is October 16, 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 new goals and policies for the city’s comprehensive plan and new regulations for Chapter 16.40 of the city code. The updated shoreline program is a unique document focused on the Bonney Lake community and its vision for the future that includes residential development, water-oriented recreation, public access and ecological protection. 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 14, 2014 the Department of Ecology provided Bonney Lake with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed 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 May 8 to June 9, 2014.

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. We received two comment letters during the state public comment period. Comments focused on a cultural and historic resources and the Lake Tapps Reservoir. On June 16, 2014, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses can be found in the Response to Citizen Comments and are incorporated into Attachment C: Recommended Changes.  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Sarah.Cassal@ecy.wa.gov, 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 Enumclaw Courier- Herald legal ads on October 15, 2014

Staff contact

Sarah Cassal
Washington State Department of Ecology
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

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