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Issaquah Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 26, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Issaquah’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Issaquah’s shoreline program is March 12, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

The 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.

Issaquah’s shoreline master program was last updated in 1990. This recently updated shoreline program will guide construction and development along 12 miles of shorelines within Issaquah’s shoreline jurisdiction on Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish. The City’s proposed shoreline program policies and regulations especially recognize protection of intact riparian buffers and wetlands, public access, floodplain management, the continuation of existing uses, and the anticipation of future mixed use commercial development.

On September 24, 2012, the Department of Ecology provided Issaquah with required changes to the City’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in March 2012. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates.

The changes were 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 30 – June 29, 2012. Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. No Comments were received from individual citizens, agencies, groups or tribes.  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater (see below), 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 Issaquah Press legal ads on March 13, 2013.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-7000

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