Shorelines Board

The Bothell Shorelines Board completed its recommendations for the 2019 Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update on April 8, 2019, following six public meetings, including an open house. This update was limited in scope to address:

  • Changes to the Shoreline Master Program Element of the Imagine Bothell…Comprehensive Plan, reflecting guidance from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).
  • Changes to Bothell Municipal Code (BMC) Title 13, Shoreline Management, to reflect Ecology guidance.
  • Changes in Shoreline Jurisdiction and Environment Designations to reflect changed conditions since the last SMP update in 2013.
  • Changes to reduce redundancies and add clarification.

The recommended amendments include minor changes to the Shoreline Master Program Element of the Imagine Bothell … Comprehensive Plan and somewhat more substantive changes to the Shoreline Management regulations in Title 13 of the Bothell Municipal Code.

Bothell Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review with Amendments Public Comment Period: May 3 – June 4, 2019, 5 p.m.

The WA Dept. of Ecology and the City of Bothell seek public comment on the City’s SMP periodic review and proposed amendments. Authority for this update is based on Washington’s Shoreline Management Act (Ch. 90.58 RCW) and related rules. The amendments were developed by the City to comply with WAC 173-26-090, which requires all local governments to review their SMPs on an eight-year schedule set in state law. The review ensures the SMP keeps up with changes in state law, changes in other City plans and regulations, and other changed circumstances. 

Comments will be reviewed by both the City and Ecology; no need to send duplicates. After the City makes any final amendments to the SMP it will send them to Ecology for review. Ecology will review amendments for consistency with state laws and rules and decide whether to approve the program as adopted or recommend changes.

Links to the proposed SMP amendments and options for providing comment are available at A joint local/state public hearing will be held at 6 p.m. on June 4, 2019, at the Bothell City Council meeting in the Council Chambers at 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011.

For more information, contact: David Boyd, City of Bothell, Community Development Department 18415 101st Ave NE, Bothell, WA 98011

If you have questions for Ecology, contact Misty Blair, (425) 649-4309.


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