Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update

As required by State law 90.58 RCW, the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) the City is undertaking review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The SMA requires SMPs to be reviewed and revised (if needed) on a schedule established by the State. This review ensures these plans stay current with changes in laws and remain consistent with other City plans and regulations.

The City's Planning Commission recommended approval of the updated SMP at a public hearing they held on November 16, 2021.  The City Council will be holding a public hearing on the SMP update on December 8, 2021.  Additional details regarding the City Council's upcoming hearing can be viewed by clicking HERE.   


March Public Participation Plan sent to Department of Ecology (DOE)
March to April Email notification sent to stakeholders and interested parties; and
Review SMP and other relevant City codes and policies.

April to Early-July SMP update overview with City Council; 
SMP Update Periodic Checklist available on website; and
Preliminary draft amendments available on website.

July Planning Commission to review draft amendments; 
Post amendments on City website; 
Edits and revisions suggested DOE are made to draft; and
Environmental review (SEPA).

August to Sept. 30-day public comment period on draft revisions; and
Public Hearing before Planning Commission during 30-day public comment period.

Sept. to Dec. Ecology initial determination (up to 30 days);
Planning Commission Open Record Hearing 11/16/2021;
City Council Open Record Hearing 12/01/2021; and
Submit locally adopted SMP to Ecology.


Below is a list of draft materials dated July 7, 2021 that have been sent to the Department of Ecology (DOE) for their preliminary review.  These items will be updated by the City to address DOE's preliminary comments once these comments are received. Check back for revised documents as the process to update the SMP continues. 

Staff Reports and Briefing Memos

Below are links to the Staff Reports provided to Planning Commission and City Council through this update process:

City Council's Hearing on 12.08.2021

Planning Commission's Hearing on 11.16.2021

Planning Commission's Hearing 11.16.2021 - Revised Staff Report

Planning Commission's Hearing 11.16.2021 - Revised Exhibit 7

Planning Commission, 10.05.2021

Planning Commission, 08.17.2021

Planning Commission, 07.20.2021


Below are links to documents and other webpages where more information can be viewed.