Kitsap County has plans for shoreline bulkheads.

The following comes from the Kitsap County SMP Update draft:

  • Bulkhead replacement is not allowed unless the primary structure is threatened.
  • Bulkheads creating or preserving residential lawns, yards or landscaping shall not be allowed
  • If erosion has occurred the replacement structure must be located at or near the new Ordinary High Water Mark.

Supporting Information

Kitsap County SMP Update (download copy)
Chapter 7 Shoreline Uses and Modifications
R. Shoreline Stabilization (Bulkheads)
General Regulations
Development Standards (Page 4)
5.Shoreline stabilization measures shall not be for the purpose of creating dry land
(Current 22). Leveling or extending property, creating or preserving residential
lawns, yards or landscaping shall not be allowed except when other otherwise
allowed in this section due to health and safety.
6. New structural stabilization measures shall not be allowed except when necessity is demonstrated in the following manner:
a) To protect legally existing primary structures:
 (i) New or enlarged structural shoreline stabilization measures for the existing primary structure, including residences and their primary appurtenant structures or uses, shall not be allowed unless there isconclusive evidence, documented by a geotechnical analysis, that the lawfully established, primary structure is in imminent danger from shoreline erosion caused by tidal actions, currents, or waves; (Page 5)
Replacement and Repair of Existing Shoreline Stabilization and Armoring. (Page 5)
An existing stabilization structure may be replaced with a similar structure if there is a demonstrated need, through a geotechnical report, to protect principle uses or structures from erosion caused by currents, tidal action or waves.
(WAC)
3. If the Ordinary High Water Mark has been re-established, the replacement
structure must be located at or near the new Ordinary High Water Mark. In general, replacement of the shoreline stabilization structure within one year of damage will ensure recognition of the previous ordinary high water mark.
4. Alternative or soft stabilization approaches shall be considered prior to in-kind
replacement.
Subdivisions and Existing Lots without structures.
1. Subdivision shall occur such that newly created lots will not require shoreline
stabilization, using geotechnical analysis of the site and shoreline characteristics. (WAC)
2. Use of shoreline armoring to protect a platted lot where no primary use or
structure presently exists shall be prohibited.
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One response to “Kitsap County has plans for shoreline bulkheads.

  1. Michael Gustasvson

    Yet to be produced is a quantification of the amount of feeder bluff accreation occurring naturally. A more cost effective approach than restricting bulkheads is to add a few truck loads of sand to the beach where “needed”.

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