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Changes to Seattle’s Shoreline Rules

Shore looking toward SeattleA required update to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is underway and Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) just released the second draft of the updated regulations.

The SMP includes the goals, policies and regulations that govern land use and activities within the Seattle Shoreline District. Seattle’s Shoreline District includes the Duwamish River, the Ship Canal, Lake Union, Lake Washington, Green Lake, Puget Sound, associated wetlands and floodplains, and all land within 200-ft of these water-bodies. Uses include public access, floating homes, setbacks for homes on shorelines and protection of environmentally critical areas.

SPU is looking for your feedback until December 6. You can submit your comments to Maggie Glowacki at, (206) 386-4036. You can also send comments to: 700 5th Avenue, Suite 2000, P.O. Box 34019, Seattle, WA 98124-4019.