• Shoreline Master Program Update

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    On July 23, 2018, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Bellevue’s Shoreline Master Program comprehensive update. The updated SMP took effect Aug. 6, 2018.


    Shoreline Master Program Update with Council

    On May 21, 2018, the City Council adopted an update to the city’s Shoreline Master Program. The vote marked the conclusion of a 10-year process and, as part of an agreement with the state Department of Ecology, will allow Bellevue to forgo another state-mandated update for eight years.

    SMPs are local land-use policies and regulations that guide use of shorelines throughout the state and are reviewed and approved by the Department of Ecology. The new update includes changes to nonconforming regulations, dock standards and shoreline stabilization.

    Bellevue had been working on the SMP update since 2008. On June 1, 2017, Ecology conditionally approved the city’s updated version. In January, an agreement in principle was reached on how to address some required changes. Then in April, Ecology sent a letter to the city encouraging the plan’s adoption. A public hearing was held on May 7.

    Public Hearing for Shoreline Master Program Update

    On Monday, May 7, 2018, council held a limited public hearing on the periodic review required by the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58.080(4) during their regular study session.

    Shoreline Master Program Update and Periodic Review

    On Monday, April 16, 2018, staff briefed council on the status of the SMP update.

    Department of Ecology Conditional Approval

    On June 1, 2017, Washington State's Department of Ecology (Ecology) conditionally approved the City of Bellevue's updated Shoreline Master Program. Ecology's approval letter and supporting documents submitted to the City of Bellevue:

    City Shoreline Master Program Submittal to Ecology

    On January 31, 2017 the City of Bellevue provided the State Department of Ecology with the required response to public comment on the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update. The comments were received during Ecology’s public comment period on the draft SMP that was open from September 30 through October 31, 2016, and during Ecology’s public hearing that was held on October 18, 2016. This table provides a comment summary that was prepared by Ecology staff, and the City’s responses to those comments.

    Ecology decides if the City of Bellevue’s proposed program update meet the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology decides to:

    1. Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
    2. Send the proposed program back to the City of Bellevue with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

    When Ecology issues their approval (which may include recommended and required changes), the City will engage with the Council and stakeholders to finalize the SMP.

    For more information visit: Department of Ecology’s review of Bellevue’s SMP.

    Several amendments proposed as part of the limited Critical Areas Ordinance Update affect the same sections of Part 20.25H as the Council's prior Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Conformance Amendments, adopted by the Council with Resolution No. 8922.

    The City Council adopted a resolution on May 18, 2015 expressing their intent to adopt new policies and regulations contained within the proposed Shoreline Master Program, including conformance amendments for consistency, and authorizing the submittal of those polices, regulations and conformance amendments to the state Department of Ecology. Staff prepared a transmittal letter, sent to Ecology along with all of the following attachments:

    Attachment A

    Attachment B

    Attachment C

    Attachment D