On October 2, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided Kitsap County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).
The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held June 10 to July 12, 2013. Ecology also held an open house and public hearing at Kitsap County’s Administration Building on June 20, 2013. Approximately 25 people attended the open house and public hearing.
Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest in the update about the opportunity to comment. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage participation and comment. Ecology received 58 comments on the proposed update. The comments focus on a variety of topics ranging from the local public process to specific regulations. The public comments and county’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions and are provided within the summary of public comments.
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 county for their review and response. The county may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the county and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.
Kitsap County’s current shoreline program has not been updated since 1999. Shorelines in under the County’s jurisdiction include over 216 miles of marine shoreline, 22 miles of fresh water streams and 54 miles of lake or associated wetlands. This comprehensive update of the shoreline program recognizes the variety of conditions that exist throughout the County by creating appropriate standards intended to maintain shoreline ecological functions based on the type and intensity of anticipated future development.
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Director of Ecology’s conditional approval letter, October 2, 2014 (398 KB)
Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions for Proposed Amendments (1,428 KB)
Attachment B: Required Changes (853 KB)
Attachment C: Recommended Changes (1,264 KB)
Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary (1,079 KB)
Locally approved shoreline master program