On Sept. 9, 2021, we approved the city of Port Orchard’s shoreline master program (SMP) periodic review. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Port Orchard's SMP is Sept. 23, 2021, 14 days after we provided notice to the city their SMP was approved.
The periodic review revises the existing shoreline program, to incorporate changes in local circumstances, the Shoreline Management Act and associated rules. The key changes the city proposed:
- Amendments to the shoreline maps and changes to shoreline designations in some areas.
- Updates to policies and regulations based on a sea level rise advisory study.
- Updates to the shoreline use table to coincide with underlying zoning and to add missing uses.
- Revisions to shoreline stabilization and bulkheads provisions.
- Updates to the shoreline development standards matrix to reflect revised allowable uses.
- A new section with policies and regulations for parking.
- Revisions to the permit administration section for clarity and improved implementation.
- Updated critical areas regulations by incorporating the 2017 critical areas ordinance by reference.
- New and revised definitions.
- Revisions to Appendix E (now Appendix C), which contains mitigation and restoration requirements for redevelopment in the high intensity shoreline environment.
On Aug. 30, 2021, we provided Port Orchard with a conditional approval including required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed periodic review of their SMP. The changes were based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held April 7 through May 10, 2021.
We used email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We did not receive any comments.
Documents related to approval