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Yarrow Point Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On September 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Yarrow Point with required and recommended changes to the town’s 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 May 6 – June 7, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 12 individual comments from one organization. Comments focused on permit notification, aquaculture, vegetation, restoration, low impact design, moorage, and pier and dock standards. On June 11, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to Yarrow Point for their response. The public comments and town’s responses have been incorporated into a summary of public comments.

The comprehensive update revises 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 Yarrow Point for their review and response. The town may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when Yarrow Point and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The town’s shoreline program has not been updated since its adoption in 1975. Shorelines in Yarrow Point include over 1.5 miles of Lake Washington and associated wetlands. Yarrow Point’s updated program will provide for the continuation of residential development consistent with the town’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The updated program will also promote protection and restoration of riparian habitat.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted SMP

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Joe Burcar (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Joe Burcar
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008
Joe.Burcar@ecy.wa.gov
(425) 649-7145

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