City of Seattle Proposes New Shoreline Regulations

Published Nov 07, 2011

The City of Seattle has released a second draft of its updated Shoreline Master Program, revised to comply with rules set by the Washington Department of Ecology in WAC chapter 173-26.  The new Shoreline Master Program will regulate development on or near Lake Washington, Lake Union, the Ship Canal, the Duwamish River, Elliott Bay, Puget Sound, Green Lake, and associated wetlands.

The proposed SMP would require increased shoreline setbacks, new restrictions on shoreline stabilization, and limits on non-water-dependent businesses.  Seattle’s Department of Planning & Development is accepting public comments on the SMP update through December 9, 2011.  For more information, contact Matt Wells at