City of Seattle Proposes New Shoreline Regulations (Update)

Published Dec 09, 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.  The deadline for public comments has been extended to December 23, 2011.  For more information, contact Matt Wells at

  • To view the City of Seattle’s Department of Planning and Development Shoreline Master Program Update website, and the second draft of the updated Shoreline Master Program, click here.