Shoreline Master Program Update
An update of goals, policies and regulations that govern land use and activities within the Seattle Shoreline District.
- June 15, 2015
New Shoreline Master Program took effect.
- April 6, 2015
Seattle City Council passes the new Shoreline ordinance.
- January 2013 – January 2015
Washington State Department of Ecology review.
- January 2013
City Council passed the Shoreline Master Program Ordinance, Council Bill #117585.
- September 2012
Released the Mayor's final recommendations.
- June 2012
Published SEPA determination and decision.
- November 2011
Briefed City Council.
- March 2011
Held a public open house.
- February 2011 – December 2012
Conducted public outreach to present and discuss the first and second draft of the Shoreline Master Program.
- 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.”
- 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.”
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.