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
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
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.
Paper copies of the above documents are available by
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.
Washington State Department of Ecology
3190 160th Avenue SE
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