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Lake Stevens Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 31, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the city of Lake Stevens Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Lake Stevens shoreline program is June 14, fourteen days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The city’s comprehensive update revises their existing shoreline program including the goals, policies and 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.

On January 4, 2013, Ecology provided the Lake Stevens with required and recommended (suggested) changes to the city’s comprehensive update. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates.

Ecology’s required and recommended changes are based on whether or not the proposed update complies with state shoreline laws and rules, public testimony at a hearing held April 19, 2012, and comments received during a public comment period held April 17 – May 18, 2012.

Ecology mailed postcards to notify interested parties of the public comment period and the hearing. Ecology published a legal ad to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of six individual comments from two organizations and four citizens. Five interested parties provided testimony at the public hearing. Comments focused on a wide variety of topics including shoreline modification, existing structures, mitigation, and the update process.

On June 26, 2012, Ecology sent a summary of public comments to Lake Stevens for their response. On September 10, 2012, the city provided Ecology with responses to comments. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Joe Burcar, 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 Everett Herald legal ads on June 17, 2013.

Staff contact

Joe Burcar
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-7145

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