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Edmonds Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 26, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Edmonds (City) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Edmonds Shoreline Program is May 10, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

Edmond’s six miles of shoreline consists of Puget Sound, Lake Ballinger and the Edmonds Marsh.  The City’s SMP update addresses land use changes that have occurred along city shorelines since the most recent amendment in October 2000. The SMP was locally adopted in November 2014. A state public comment period was held from February 25 through March 27, 2015.  Ecology received 143 written comments from thirty-one citizens, three agencies, one tribe and one corporation. 

Ecology conditionally approved the Edmonds SMP update on June 27, 2016.  This process identified a number of required changes, intended to ensure consistency with state requirements.  On October 19, 2016 the Edmonds City Council sent a response to Ecology accepting some of the changes, and proposed alternatives to changes related to buffer requirements adjacent to the Edmonds Marsh. On January 10, 2017, Ecology accepted the City’s final determination on a number of Ecology’s required changes and proposed alternatives (attachment G) to the changes to the Edmonds Marsh buffers.

Following extensive deliberation by all parties, including a public hearing, the Edmonds City Council sent a response letter to Ecology on April 6, 2017 requesting final review of the City’s modified alternative (option M) for the Edmonds Marsh (see Attachment H).

In reviewing the City’s final alternative, Ecology concluded that the option M buffer/setback recognizes the current urbanized condition of the Edmonds Marsh, and is consistent with state shoreline laws and rules. 

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact David Pater, Washington Department of Ecology (below).


  • 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 Everett Herald on May 11, 2017.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
Phone: 425-649-4253 

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