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9611 SE 36th Street
Mercer Island, WA 98040
Phone: 206.275.7605
Fax: 206.275.7726
Email: midsg@mercergov.or. . .
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Open to the public:
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Shoreline Master Program Update

Mercer Island from the north (Luther Burbank Park in the foreground)
Mercer Island from the north (Luther Burbank Park in the foreground)

Mercer Island City Council Adopts Ordinance No. 13C-12 Approving the Shoreline Master Program
(Please click here to see Mayor Bassett's letter to the Dept. of Ecology and the adopted ordinance)
Please note: The ordinance was sent to the Dept. of Ecology for its review and formal action.

 
What is the Shoreline Master Program?
In 1972, Washington adopted its Shoreline Management Act (SMA) by public referendum to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state's shorelines." The SMA has three broad policies:

  • Encourage water-dependent uses
  • Protect shoreline natural resources
  • Promote public access

The City of Mercer Island is required by the Washington Shoreline Management Act (SMA) to develop and adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which includes goals, policies, and regulations consistent with state guidelines to protect shorelines.  In Mercer Island, the SMP is applicable to upland areas "shorelands" that extend 200 feet landward from the edge Lake Washington. The City's SMP must meet the new State Guidelines and the Department of Ecology must approve the City's updated SMP.


How does this affect me?
The City is currently in the process of drafting the update to the Shoreline Master Program.  The new regulations may affect those property owners adjacent to Lake Washington who wish to modify their shorelands area. These alterations could include docks, bulkheads, setbacks from the shoreline, and the placement of structures near the Lake.


Why is Mercer Island updating its Shoreline Master Program?
In 2003, the State issued a comprehensive set of guidelines addressing requirements for local Shoreline Master Programs, which are contained in Chapter 173-26 of the Washington Administrative Codes. Legislation requires that the City of Mercer Island and other municipalities update their Shoreline Master Programs to be consistent with changes to the Shoreline Management Act (SMA).


Shoreline Master Program Update Timeline: 
 

Public Open House May 19, 2009
Planning Commission Meetings for the Draft SMP see schedule below
State Environmental Policy Act Review Winter 2010
Planning Commission Meetings for the Draft SMP see schedule below
Planning Commission Public Hearing May 5, 2010
Planning Commission Public Hearing March 16, 2011
City Council Public Hearing May 2, 2011
City Council Review Spring/Summer 2011
Draft Submittal Sent to Department of Ecology March 16, 2012
Department of Ecology Review* Spring 2012 – Fall 2013
Deapartment of Ecology Public Hearing November 8, 2012
City Council Review and Adoption Summer/Fall 2013
*   If the DOE disapproves a Master Program it is empowered to develop by rule and adopt an alternative to the local governments proposal.  Similarly, DOE¡¯s Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (Ch. 173-26 WAC) are both substantive and mandatory.

 
March 16, 2012 Shoreline Master Program Submittal to the Department of Ecology:

Click to view


City Council Meeting Schedule
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For SMP related City Council packets, please click the links provided for each meeting.
Planning Commission Meeting Schedule: 
Click here to access the Planning Commission site.

For SMP related Planning Commission packets, please click the links provided for each meeting.

For items not contained within the Planning Commission packets, but that became part of the meeting record, please click the "Additional Meeting Items" links.  These items may include appearances sign in sheets, letters to the Commission, and supporting documents.



If you have any questions, please contact Travis Saunders, Project Manager, at 206-275-7717 or email travis.saunders@mercergov.org

If you would like to receive notices throughout the SMP process, please email your name and mailing address to: smp@mercergov.org
 
 




 

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