Kenmore SMP: Periodic Review

Public comment requested July 22 to Aug. 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on the city of Kenmore's proposed amendment to it's Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

In 2014, Kenmore completed a comprehensive update to their SMP. The proposed amendment the city is proposing is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for a periodic SMP review under state law. Kenmore reviewed its SMP and is seeking amendments to bring the SMP in compliance with requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and state rules, ensure consistency with the city's Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, and reflects changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data.

The key changes Kenmore is proposing include:

  • A new shoreline environmental designation: Swamp Creek Commercial
  • Re-designation of some areas of shoreline jurisdiction
  • Standards for water access structures on the Sammamish River, since current standards currently only apply for Lake Washington
  • Different shoreline buffers for the Sammamish River, depending on use and environmental designation
  • Update critical areas regulations, including:
    • Use of Ecology's 2014 Wetland Rating System for Western Washington
    • New stream typing system
    • Additional fish and wildlife habitats of importance
    • Additional types of landslide hazards with corresponding regulations
    • New flood hazard regulations
    • New provisions for groundwater susceptibility and critical aquifer recharge areas

We will compare Kenmore's proposed amendment to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:
  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to Kenmore with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: July 22, 2019
Closes: Aug. 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.

All interest parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Maria Sandercock
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

Comments must be received no later than Aug. 23, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Paper copies are available for review at the following locations:

Maria Sandercock
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

Lauri Anderson, Principal Planner
City of Kenmore
Community Development Department
18120 68th Ave. NE
Kenmore, WA 98028

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post Kenmore's response to comments and notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.