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King County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On January 14, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved King County'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. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of King County's shoreline program is January 28, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to King County that their shoreline program was approved.
King County's shoreline program has not been comprehensively updated since 1978. Shorelines in King County include nearly 2,000 miles of marine, lake, and stream shorelines. The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.
King County's updated shoreline program:
On September 14, 2012, the Department of Ecology provided King County with required and suggested changes to the County’s proposed update that was submitted to Ecology in December 2011. The changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates. On December 27, 2012, King County notified Ecology that they were accepting all the required and suggested changes.
The changes required by Ecology are based on the state’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held February 14, 2012 – March 16, 2012. Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 25 individual comments from one organization and six individual citizens. Comments focused on a wide variety of topics including shoreline buffers, shoreline environment designations, water quality, and climate change.
On March 22, 2012, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the County for their response. The public comments and King County's responses may be found in Attachment D: Summary of Public Comments (below).
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Locally adopted SMP
Shoreline Designation Maps, August 2011
Cumulative Impact Assessment, September 2010 (330 KB)
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Radabaugh, Washington State Department of Ecology (see below).
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