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Bellevue Shoreline Master Program

Final approval

On July 23, 2018, we approved the City of Bellevue’s shoreline master program (SMP) comprehensive update. The updated SMP takes effect August 6, 2018 — 14 days after we notified the city their SMP was approved.

The comprehensive update revises Bellevue's existing SMP including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The city's SMP integrates existing regulations for critical areas including wetlands, fish and wildlife habitat, streams and riparian areas, and geologically hazardous areas. The SMP also addresses over-water uses and over-water coverage by new structures, including docks and piers. It establishes procedures to preserve and protect cultural and archeological resources, increases protection of near-shore habitats, and encourages habitat-friendly shoreline protection measures.

Updated SMP builds on previous work

In June 2017, we provided Bellevue with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their SMP. The changes are based on our review whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held from September 30 through October 31, 2016.

We also held an open house and public hearing at Bellevue City Hall on October 18, 2016, where 10 interested parties testified. Some people encouraged us to approve the SMP because they said enough time had been spent developing it. Others told us 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 SMP update. 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 impacts 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 Bellevue's existing SMP including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.

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

Documents related to approval

SMP background documents

Other background documents

Appeals