Critical Areas Ordinance and Shoreline Master Program Update

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In 2018-2019, the City of Mercer Island will be updating its Critical Areas code and Shoreline Master Program. The Critical Areas code is the portion of the City's code that sets standards and requirements for areas like wetlands, landslide hazard areas, watercourses. The Shoreline Master Program contains regulations pertaining to parts of Mercer Island within 200 feet of Lake Washington.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing impacts of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, the City Council’s review and adoption of revised SMP language has been delayed. Once Council Meetings return to regular business, the CAO/SMP Update will be added back onto the Council’s docket (likely summer 2020 at the earliest). Please check back for updates on timing.



In 2018-2019, the City of Mercer Island will be updating its Critical Areas code and Shoreline Master Program. The Critical Areas code is the portion of the City's code that sets standards and requirements for areas like wetlands, landslide hazard areas, watercourses. The Shoreline Master Program contains regulations pertaining to parts of Mercer Island within 200 feet of Lake Washington.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing impacts of the evolving coronavirus pandemic, the City Council’s review and adoption of revised SMP language has been delayed. Once Council Meetings return to regular business, the CAO/SMP Update will be added back onto the Council’s docket (likely summer 2020 at the earliest). Please check back for updates on timing.

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    Can you please let me know if the Shoreline Master Program was approved by Department of Ecology? Thanks.

    Jessica asked 5 months ago

    Hi Jessica,

    The SMP has not yet been approved by the Department of Ecology. Staff are continuing to work with Ecology to finalize the documentation needed for their approval. We are working with Ecology to obtain approval as soon as possible. When approval has been obtained, Let’s Talk will be updated to announce this.

    Thank you for your question!

    Robin


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    Hello Robin, Has there been any feedback from the Department of Ecology regarding the city's adopted wording toward the dock decking replacement section? Thanks for any update. Josh Knopp

    Josh Knopp asked 10 months ago

    Hi Josh,

    The Shoreline Master Program, which contains the new standards regarding dock repair and replacement, is still under review by the Department of Ecology (as of Aug. 8, 2019) and therefore not yet effective.

    Thanks for the question!

    Robin