Snohomish County residents are invited to hear an update on the county’s Shoreline Management Program and offer their comments on proposed changes during a Sept. 1 public hearing.
The county’s original Shoreline Management Program (SMP) was adopted in 1974 and last updated in 1993. Several changes are being proposed and will be discussed beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sept. 1, in the Henry M. Jackson Board Room, 8th Floor, Robert J. Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller, Everett.
The purpose of the SMP is to implement the goals and policies of the state Shoreline Management Act. State requirements include a coordinated plan that:
· protects the public's opportunity to enjoy the physical and aesthetic qualities of natural shorelines;
· proposes uses consistent with control of pollution and prevention of damage to the natural environment, or are unique to or dependent upon use of the state's shoreline.
Proposed changes were developed by a citizen and stakeholder committee. Updates to Snohomish County’s SMP include new shoreline areas added to the county’s shoreline jurisdiction, management and land-use policies.
The proposed SMP also contains policies and regulations addressing land-use preferences within shoreline areas, public access to shorelines and no net loss of shoreline ecological functions consistent with the state requirements. Policies and regulations also address conservation and monitoring; cultural, archaeological and historic preservation; and specific shoreline uses and modifications (agriculture, aquaculture, boating facilities and docks, in-water structures, commercial, dredging and spoil disposal, fill, flood protection, forestry, industry and ports, institutional uses, mining, recreation, residential, shoreline and bank stabilization, bulkheads, shoreline restoration and enhancement, transportation, utilities and vegetation management).
The proposed SMP documents and maps, along with the public hearing schedule, are available for review at: