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Bothell Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On January 23, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Bothell’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update as submitted. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Bothell’s shoreline program update is February 6, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Bothell 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. 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 for those segments of Sammamish River and North Creek presently located within the City limits. It also includes comprehensive planning for future uses on Swamp Creek and a segment of North Creek upon the City’s annexation of those areas.

Ecology held a 30-day public comment period from September 10 to October 10, 2012. Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest and those residing within shoreline jurisdiction of the opportunity to comment. Ecology ran a legal ad in the Seattle Times and issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. We received 16 individual comments from individual citizens. Comments focused upon increased building heights in High Intensity designations, density bonuses for new trails, buffer reductions, existing structure expansions, stormwater, ensuring no net loss, and protecting certain species of animals.

On October 16, 2012, Ecology sent a summary of public comments to Bothell for their response. These public comments and Bothell’s responses are presented in the Response to Comments , below. The comments are also incorporated into Ecology’s Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions, below.  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted program

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Barbara Nightingale, Washington State Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).

Staff contact

Barbara Nightingale
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-4309


  • 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 published an initial notice of final action in the Seattle Times’ legal ads on February 6, 2013, and notified interested parties of the appeal period dates. However, 174 interested parties did not receive timely notification of the appeal period dates. The appeal period is extended to allow those parties adequate time to consider an appeal, and the appeal period will now close for all interested parties on April 29, 2013. Ecology published a notice of the appeal extension in the Seattle Times’ legal ads on March 25, 2013.   

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