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Shoreline Master Program Collaboration process brings positive results


March 26, 2013

The City of Lake Stevens began the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update in 2009 with a grant from the Washington Department of Ecology. Over the last two years, City Staff and consultants have worked together with a Shoreline Citizen Advisory Committee; the Planning Commission; and interested parties including shoreline property owners, the general public, and a citizen group.

Collaboration between a Council Shoreline Subcommittee, City Staff, the citizen group and other members of the public concluded with numerous changes to the SMP prior to the City Council’s approved SMP was submitted to Ecology. A majority of these changes were successfully approved by Ecology.

Ecology submitted to the City ten required changes and one recommended change and the City Council has until April 30, 2013 to respond to Ecology by either adopting the required changes or recommending alternative language. In the spirit of continued collaboration, it is important for residents, interested parties and citizen groups to remain engaged in the process.

The final opportunity for public input to the City will be on April 8, 2013, 7 pm, at a City Council Public Hearing at the Lake Stevens School District Educational Facility (12309 122nd Street NE). If you have questions related to this information or want to submit written comments before April 8, please call 425-377-3235 or send an email to Planning Director Rebecca Ableman at

Ecology’s comments can be reviewed on the City’s website at In addition, a summary of public concerns from the February 26 SMP Workshop is also available.


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