Snoqualmie SMP: Comprehensive and Periodic Review

Conditional approval

On June 21, 2021, we provided the City of Snoqualmie with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed combined comprehensive update and periodic review of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes required and recommended are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and input received during our public comment period and state review.

Public comment

We held a public comment period on the City of Snoqualmie’s proposed SMP from Dec. 1, 2019 – Jan. 7, 2020. We used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest in the update of the SMP. We received comments focused on shoreline buffers/setbacks, public access, and Snoqualmie Tribe religious and cultural concerns. We prepared a summary of public comments, which we sent to the city on Jan. 21, 2020. The city replied to the summary of public comments on March 6, 2020.

The proposed SMP will replace the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The city’s proposed SMP establishes shoreline buffers on all shorelines, regulates critical areas within shoreline jurisdiction by adopting the city’s Critical Areas Protection Ordinance by reference (with exclusions), and includes requirements for mitigation for unavoidable impacts.

The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Our final approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: all documents are PDF

Background documents

If you have trouble accessing these documents, please contact Railin Santiago.