DPD will hold a public workshop on June 29, 2005, to discuss
a plan that would allow more flexibility in shoreline development
requirements, while also strengthening habitat protection
and enhancing public access.
Called the Shoreline
Alternative Mitigation Plan (SAMP), this project would
change the way that the city implements its Shoreline Master
Program (SMP) for shorelines between the Hiram Chittenden
Locks and the Montlake Cut, including Salmon Bay east of the
locks, the Ship Canal, Lake Union and Portage Bay.
While the City is not considering changes in the overall
policy direction of the SMP, development of the alternative
mitigation plan will result in changes to the way that some
types of shoreline development projects can satisfy requirements
to provide public access or to protect the shoreline environment.
The goals of SAMP are to:
- Promote the vitality of water dependent industrial uses
by providing onsite expansion opportunities and a predictable
and timely permitting process;
- Protect and restore shoreline aquatic habitat by identifying
key restoration projects and leveraging public and private
resources to implement these projects; and
- Provide and enhance public access opportunities.
Currently, the Citys SMP requires that developers satisfy
shoreline mitigation and public access requirements onsite.
By allowing developers to satisfy these requirements offsite,
shoreline restoration projects can be located where they will
have the most impact, and shoreline permit applicants will
gain greater flexibility in site layout and benefit from a
more predictable permit process.
Drawing on a thorough public participation process and detailed
analysis of existing shoreline conditions, a set of shoreline
restoration and public access projects is being identified.
Shoreline project applicants will then have the option of
satisfying shoreline protection and public access requirements
on-site, or by financially supporting projects that are identified
in the alternative mitigation plan.
Join the discussion on the Shoreline Alternative
Mitigation Plan. You can review work in progress,
learn how restoration projects are being identified,
and offer input on how these projects should be
selected at our public workshop:
Wed., June 29, 2005
5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Seattle Marine Training Ctr.
4455 Shilshole Avenue NW
For more information, visit the Shoreline Alternative
Mitigation Plan project
website or contact:
Jim Holmes, DPD Planner