Bremerton Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On November 20, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Bremerton 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 April 22 – May 24, 2013. Ecology used mail and email to notify 140 interested parties of the public comment period. We received one comment from the U.S. Navy on the shoreline inventory.
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 Bremerton for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when Bremerton and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.
Bremerton adopted its first shoreline master program in 1977 with major amendments in 1989 and 1992, and amendments to the Downtown Development Standards in 2003. The city has not comprehensively updated the shoreline program until now. Bremerton has overhauled the existing program and incorporated the most accurate and up-to-date scientific data into shoreline development regulations for present and future city shorelines. The program applies to approximately 46 miles of marine shoreline and 7 miles of stream and lake shorelines.
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Barbara Nightingale (see below), with Washington State Department of Ecology.
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