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On January 31, 2017 the City of Bellevue provided the State Department of Ecology with the required response to public comment on the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update. The comments were received during Ecology’s public comment period on the draft SMP that was open from September 30 through October 31, 2016, and during Ecology’s public hearing that was held on October 18, 2016. This table provides a comment summary that was prepared by Ecology staff, and the City’s responses to those comments.
What happens next?
Ecology will decide if the City of Bellevue’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:
- Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
- Send the proposed program back to the City of Bellevue with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.
When Ecology issues their approval (which may include recommended and required changes), the City will engage with the Council and stakeholders to finalize the SMP.
For more information about the Department of Ecology’s review of Bellevue’s SMP refer to http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/bellevue.html .
Several amendments proposed as part of the limited Critical Areas Ordinance Update affect the same sections of Part 20.25H as the Council's prior Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Conformance Amendments, adopted by the Council with Resolution No. 8922.
The City Council adopted a resolution on May 18, 2015 expressing their intent to adopt new policies and regulations contained within the proposed Shoreline Master Program, including conformance amendments for consistency, and authorizing the submittal of those polices, regulations and conformance amendments to the state Department of Ecology. Staff prepared a transmittal letter, sent to Ecology along with all of the following attachments: