Shoreline Master Program 2019


The Shoreline Management Act requires each city and county to review, and, if necessary, revise their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) at least once every eight years following a benchmark comprehensive update. The City of Sammamish is required to complete a periodic review of the Sammamish SMP, adopted in 2011, by June 30, 2019 (RCW 90.58.080 and WAC 173-26-090). Local legislative action is required to complete the review followed by state action, even when a local government determines no changes are needed.

The purpose and scope of the periodic review as established by the Act is to assure that the master program complies with applicable law and guidelines in effect at the time of the review and to assure consistency of the master program with the local government's comprehensive plan and development regulations adopted under chapter 36.70A RCW, if applicable, and other local requirements. The periodic review is distinct from the comprehensive updates required by RCW 90.58.080(2).

The presumption in the comprehensive update process (2011) was that all master programs needed to be revised to comply with the full suite of ecology guidelines. By contrast, the periodic review addresses changes in requirements of the Act and guidelines requirements at the State level since the comprehensive update or the last periodic review, and changes for consistency with revised comprehensive plans and regulations, together with any changes deemed necessary to reflect changed circumstances, new information or improved data. There is no minimum requirement to comprehensively revise shoreline inventory and characterization reports or restoration plans that were wholly created with the comprehensive update.

Within the structure of the State's required periodic review, it is contemplated as possible that no changes to the City's adopted SMP are necessary and the City's SMP may be found to be 'adequate'.

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Shoreline Goals and Policies

Proposed SMP Changes 05/29/19

Public Comments

SMP Periodic Review Checklist

Recreation Lots Memo

Stream Typing Definition Tribe Letter

Notice of Public Hearing

Summary of Periodic Review Rules

SEPA Threshold Determination

SEPA Environmental Checklist

SEPA Environmental Checklist Attachment A

SEPA Environmental Checklist Attachment B

A hard copy of the proposed amendments is available upon request at Sammamish City Hall. Please contact Evan Fischer at or 425-295-0632 to request a hard copy.

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Please submit written public comment to or mail your comment to:

David Pyle, Acting Director

Community Development Department, City of Sammamish

801 288th Ave SE

Sammamish, WA 98075

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