Port Orchard periodic review

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

Port Orchard’s comprehensive update to their SMP went into effect in 2013 and a limited amendment was approved in 2018. The proposed amendment is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for a periodic review of the Port Orchard SMP pursuant to RCW 90.58.080(4). Port Orchard has reviewed their SMP and has proposed amendments that will bring the SMP in compliance with requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and state rules, ensures consistency with Port Orchard’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, and reflects changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data.

The key changes the city is proposing:

  • 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 Area 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.

Port Orchard has opted to use the standard review process for SMP amendments, pursuant to WAC 173-26-100. Port Orchard locally adopted this amendment on March 9, 2021, and submitted it to us on March 12, 2021. We determined their submittal to be complete on March 17, 2021. Following the comment period, we will compare Port Orchard’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 the City of Port Orchard with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: April 7, 2021
Closes: May 10, 2021, at 5 p.m.

All interested 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 Avenue SE
Bellevue, WA 98008-5452

Comments must be received no later than May 10, 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 Port Orchard’s response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.