To make it easy for residents to participate in its shoreline management update process, the city has launched its first blog. Allowing readers to post comments, the city is experimenting with a form of social media -- interactive websites where users freely share comments, photographs and videos.
In addition to the blog, Bellevue will introduce the effort to revise its shoreline policies and regulations to comply with new state standards at an open house on Thursday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 450 110th Ave. NE.
The blog -- "Shorelines" -- is intended to allow everyone who has an interest in the uses and management of Bellevue's shorelines to take part in a public discussion.
"What would you change about how Bellevue manages shorelines and what would you have stay the same?" planner Michael Paine asks in the blog's first entry. "These are among many questions we invite you to discuss in a conversation about how we in Bellevue might better use, protect and restore our lakeshore and wetlands."
The open house will begin with a presentation about the new state guidelines for shoreline management, followed by key findings about Bellevue’s shorelines. The presentation will also include a visioning exercise to solicit feedback on how citizens may envision Bellevue’s shorelines in 20 years.
After the presentation at 6.30, staff will be available at information stations focused on the following topics: general state requirements, restoration opportunities and techniques, reliance on existing residential regulations and marinas.
Staff will also be on hand with computer access to provide detailed information about an individual's property within the shoreline jurisdiction. Printouts of aerial photographs showing the property and existing buffers will be provided.
Shoreline Management Update
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