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Seattle Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public comment period is closed

The Washington State Department of Ecology held a public comment period on the City of Seattle’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was September 3 – November 4, 2013. An open house and public hearing were held at Seattle City Hall on September 11, 2013. Approximately 40 people attended the hearing at which 16 individuals provided testimony regarding the city’s proposed changes to the shoreline program.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment opportunity. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received a total of 76 verbal and written comments covering a variety of shoreline topics, ranging from public access standards to floating home moorage requirements: Comment Part 1 (No. 1-25), Part 2 (No. 26-50), and Part 3 (No. 51-76).

Response to public comment

Ecology prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to Seattle for their response. Both the public’s comments and the city’s response are provided in Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary.

Next steps: Ecology's decision

Ecology will decide of the City of Seattle’s proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available. Please check back.

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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