King County locally initiated SMP amendment

Public comment requested - May 17 to June 15, 2021, at 5 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on King County’s proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The county’s amendment proposes several changes to their existing SMP. The changes pertain to the county’s Comprehensive Plan update (King County Codes 21A.24.310, 21A.24.316, 21A.24.325, and 21A.25.050), floodplain development regulations (King County Code 21A.24.070), and a technical date change in King County Code 20.12.200 to ensure the most recent ordinances are incorporated into the SMP. This submittal includes portions of three (3) separate local actions:

  • Ordinance 19128 mends King County Code (KCC) floodplain code section 21A.24.070 in response to an audit by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and to meet federal and state minimum floodplain management standards (Code of Federal Regulations Title 44 and Revised Code of Washington Title 86).
  • Ordinance 19146 was adopted as part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan updates and includes minor revisions to critical areas codes, adds Lake Fenwick as a Shoreline of the state, corrects where Kimball Creek becomes a water of the state and revises some of the mapped Shoreline Environmental Designations. Mapping amendments are associated with King County Parks Properties, Lake Washington/Newcastle, Vashon-Maury Island and Kimball Creek/Snoqualmie.
  • Ordinance 19244 amends KCC section 20.12.200 to make a technical date change to ensure the most recent ordinances (19128 and 19146) are incorporated into the SMP.

Our review

We will compare King County's proposed SMP to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the amended SMP as is.
  • Approve the amended SMP with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to King County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: May 17, 2021
Closes: June 15, 2021, at 5:00 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comment about the proposed amendment 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:

Railin Santiago
Washington Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
PO Box 330316
Shoreline, WA 98133-9716

Comments must be received no later than June 15, 2021, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

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 the King County's response to comments and a notice of our decision when it becomes available.