Snoqualmie SMP: Comprehensive and Periodic Review

Final Approval

On Aug.17, 2021, we approved the city of Snoqualmie’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update and periodic review. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Snoqualmie’s shoreline program is Aug. 31, 2021, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their SMP was approved.

The comprehensive update replaces the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The city’s proposed program 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.

On June 21, 2021 we provided Snoqualmie with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed periodic review and comprehensive update 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 Dec. 1, 2019, through Jan. 7, 2020. 

We used email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We received a total of 34 individual comments from two organizations. Comments focused on shoreline buffers and setbacks, public access, and Snoqualmie Indian Tribe religious and cultural concerns. On Jan. 21, 2020, we sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary below.

Documents related to approval

Note: all documents are PDF

Background documents

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  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Snoqualmie Valley Record legal ads on Sept. 3, 2021.