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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.

Project Timeline

  • 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.

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