City of Seattle SMP Amendment

Seeking public comments

The City of Seattle (city) and Ecology are seeking comments on proposed amendments to the city's Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The joint public comment period will run from April 1 through May 1, 2019 at 5 p.m.

The city is initiating an amendment of their SMP and has elected to use the optional joint review process with us for their proposed amendment modifying Seattle Municipal Code Sections 23.60A.204, 23.60A.916, and 23.60A.942 to clarify the definition of "vessel" and provide consistency in the use of this term within the city's SMP.

Authority for this update is based on Washington's Shoreline Management Act and related rules. At the conclusion of the comment period, the city will prepare a response to comments and determine if changes are needed. Public comments and the city's response will be shared with us. After the city makes the final amendments to the SMP they will send them to us for review. We will review the amendments for consistency with state laws and rules and decide whether to approve the program as adopted, or recommend changes.

Public comment period

Opens: April 1, 2019
Closes: May 1, 2019, 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.

Public hearing

A joint public hearing will be held on May 1, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. with the City Council's Planning, Land Use and Zoning Committee in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor of Seattle City Hall. Please attend this hearing to learn more about the proposed amendment and to provide written or verbal testimony.

City Council Chambers
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
Seattle, WA 98124

Submit written comments and questions to:

Ketil Freeman, Council Central Staff
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
PO Box 34025
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Comments must be received no later than May 1, 2019, by 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Paper copies of these documents are available for review, by appointment, at the following locations:

Ketil Freeman, Council Central Staff
Legislative Department
600 Fourth Avenue, Floor 2
Seattle, WA 98124-4025

Misty Blair
Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave. SE
Bellevue, WA 98008

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

The city will compile and send all comments to us for consideration. We will also post the city's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.