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Bellevue Shoreline Master Program

On June 1, 2017, we provided the city of Bellevue with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

We held a public comment period on Bellevue’s proposed comprehensive update to its SMP. The period for public comment was from September 30 through October 31, 2016. An open house and public hearing were held at Bellevue City Hall on October 18, 2016. Eighteen citizens signed in at this event, and 10 of them testified. Some encouraged Ecology to approve the SMP as is, as they said enough time has been spent on developing it, while others said the SMP should be amended to be more protective of Bellevue’s shorelines.

We used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest in the update of the SMP. Notice was published in The Seattle Times on September 29, 2016, to encourage public participation and comment. We received 29 verbal and written comments. Comments are focused on prioritizing ecological protections, private property rights, and impact to property values.

We prepared a summary of public comments, which we sent to the city on November 21, 2016. The city replied to the summary of public comments on January 31, 2017.

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for its review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final  approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The city’s proposed program integrates existing regulations for critical areas, including wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, streams and riparian areas, and geologically hazardous areas; limits over-water uses and over-water coverage by new structures, including docks and piers; establishes procedures to preserve and protect cultural and archaeological resources; increases protection of near-shore habitats and encourages habitat-friendly shoreline protection measures.

Documents related to approval

City of Bellevue locally approved SMP Shoreline Master Program

SMP background documents

Other background documents