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Bremerton Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On December 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. 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 along Bremerton’s marine and freshwater shoreline. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Bremerton’s shoreline program is December 27, 2013, 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. Bremerton has 53 miles of marine and freshwater shoreline that are either presently within the city limits or are anticipated to be annexed by the City. For areas not presently annexed, the regulations will become effective upon annexation. These waterbodies include Sinclair Inlet, Gorst Creek, Dyes Inlet, Port Washington Narrows, Oyster Bay, Phinney Bay, Ostrich Bay, Mud Bay, Kitsap Lake, Union Bay and Union River.

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 Program. The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules. A public comment period was held from April 22, 2013 through May 24, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. The Kitsap Sun ran an article to inform and encourage public participation and comments. We received one comment letter from the U.S. Navy. Comment focused on the City’s inventory and federal installations falling under the jurisdiction of the Coastal Zone Management Act. The public comment and city’s response have been incorporated into a Response to Comments.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Barbara Nightingale (see below), with 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 Kitsap Sun legal ads on December 27, 2013.

Staff contact

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

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