On December 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities along Bremerton’s marine and freshwater shoreline. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Bremerton’s shoreline program is December 27, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.
The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. Bremerton has 53 miles of marine and freshwater shoreline that are either presently within the city limits or are anticipated to be annexed by the City. For areas not presently annexed, the regulations will become effective upon annexation. These waterbodies include Sinclair Inlet, Gorst Creek, Dyes Inlet, Port Washington Narrows, Oyster Bay, Phinney Bay, Ostrich Bay, Mud Bay, Kitsap Lake, Union Bay and Union River.