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Yarrow Point Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the Town of Yarrow Point (Town) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Yarrow Point Shoreline Program is April 19, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the Town that their shoreline program was approved.

The Town’s shoreline program has not been updated since its adoption in 1975. Shorelines in Yarrow Point include over 1.5 miles of Lake Washington and associated wetlands. Yarrow Point’s updated program will provide for the continuation of residential development consistent with the town’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The Town’s proposed Shoreline Master Program consists of unique shoreline environment designations, and associated permitted and restricted uses that reflect existing land uses and protection of existing ecological conditions.  The updated program will also promote protection and restoration of riparian habitat.

On September 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided the Town of Yarrow Point with required and recommended changes to the Town’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). 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 6-June 7 2013. Yarrow Point agreed to the majority of the required changes and proposed alternatives to three required changes as part of the final SMP approval.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received one written comment which focused on permit notification, aquaculture, setbacks, restoration, low impact development, and shoreline stabilization standards. On June 11, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the Town for their response. The public comments and the Town’s response have been incorporated into a Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted SMP

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 Seattle Times legal ads on April 20, 2017.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
(425) 649-4253

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