Seattle.gov Home Page
Seattle.gov This Department
Link to Seattle Department of Planning and Development home page DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING & DEVELOPMENT

Shoreline Master Program Update

Our Shoreline Master Program has rules about public access and environmental restoration.
An update of goals, policies and regulations that govern land use and activities within the Seattle Shoreline District.
public
engagement
public
review
final
report
council
process
final
decision
 
 
 
 
 

Project Timeline

  • Winter 2007 – Winter 2009
    Conducted an inventory and characterization of shoreline conditions: This scientific analysis and land use inventory provides a snapshot of existing conditions to inform the development of goals, policies, environmental designations, and regulations.
  • Winter 2008 – Fall 2008
    Established environment designations: These designations act as a zoning overlay which modifies allowed land uses, heights, and development standards as appropriate for local shoreline conditions.
  • Fall 2009 – Winter 2011
    Established Shoreline goals and policies: These goals and policies establish the future vision for the shoreline and are the basis for the environmental designations and regulations.
  • Spring 2009 – Spring 2012
    Prepared regulations: Specific standards are required for issues including shoreline uses, modifications, public access, vegetation conservation, critical areas, flood hazard reduction, water quality, and archeological and historic resources.
  • Winter 2009 – Summer 2012
    Prepared a restoration plan: Our Shoreline Master Program is required to include “goals, polices, and actions for restoration of impaired shorelines.”
  • Fall 2010 – Spring 2012
    Evaluated cumulative impacts: We had to conduct this analysis to ensure that the proposed “regulation of development shall achieve no net loss of ecological function.”
  • February 2011 – December 2012
    Conducted public outreach to present and discuss the first and second draft of the Shoreline Master Program.
  • March 2011
    Held a public open house.
  • November 2011
    Briefed City Council.
  • June 2012
    Published SEPA determination and decision.
  • September 2012
    Released the Mayor's final recommendations.
  • January 2013
    City Council passed the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance, Council Bill #117585.
  • January 2013 – Present
    Washington State Department of Ecology review.

Meetings & Events


Connect


 Ask Us

icoFacebook24x icoTwitter24x