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Major Aspects of the SMP Process
1. Public Participation and Coordination
The public participation process will be transparent and inclusive. As draft documents are developed, they will be reviewed by the public at open houses, by the Planning Commission at regularly scheduled intervals, and through other outreach methods. These include a city webpage dedicated to the Shoreline Master Program Update (SMP), posters at key community locations, press releases, legal notices, email lists, and articles in the city newsletter and the Sammamish Review.
The Public Participation Plan will identify specific objectives, meeting dates, and key parties, including but not limited to the Planning Commission, general public, property owners, stakeholders, government agencies, King County, the Tribes, neighboring jurisdictions and special interest groups. Our goal is to identify the most effective opportunities for public involvement within the available timeframe.
2. Shoreline Inventory and Characterization
Information about the city’s shorelines will be identified and collected to the extent that such information is relevant and reasonably obtainable. The collected information and data will be analyzed as it relates to development of an effective Shoreline Master Program. This information will be presented as an Analysis Report and Map Folio that will present findings and make recommendations regarding shoreline protection and restoration, public access and accommodation of water-oriented uses. The report will provide the foundation for the consequent stages of the SMP process.
3. Draft Shoreline Goals, Policies, and Environment Designations
Sammamish will establish shoreline goals to guide policy development, with the overall goal being “no net loss” of ecological function. The city will review the existing Shoreline Master Program as it relates to current Washington Department of Ecology (ECY) requirements and address the gaps between them. Based on the Analysis Report, Washington State Shoreline Master Program guidelines, and the city’s planning efforts and Comprehensive Plan goals, draft policy options and recommendations will be developed. In some cases, these draft policy options and recommendations might lead to new shoreline designations. New language for these designations will be developed and may include some of these terms: “natural”, “rural conservancy”, “urban conservancy”, “high intensity”, “aquatic”, and “shoreline residential.”
4. Shoreline Development Regulations
The city’s existing Shoreline Master Program development regulations will be reviewed and new development regulations will be developed. These will provide Sammamish with the fair and workable tools it needs to administer the findings of the SMP process. The city’s Critical Areas regulations will provide a solid basis for the work.
5. Draft Restoration Plan and Implementation Strategy
Current and proposed restoration programs that contribute to the improvement of shoreline ecological functions in Sammamish will be identified. In light of these programs, a Restoration Plan that takes into account the findings of the inventory and analysis, and goals developed under Task 3 will be developed.
6. Draft SMP
By July 2007, the results of this process will be consolidated into a Draft Shoreline Master Program that meets the requirements of the first phase of our SMP grant agreement with ECY.
7. Final SMP/Phase II
A high level of public participation will be encouraged during the Final SMP/Phase II stage of the process. During this phase, “policy and regulatory options” that were reserved for public debate in Phase I — those that contained more flexibility with regard to ECY requirements — will be examined by the public, Planning Commission, City Council and agencies involved. Also during Phase II, consistency between the SMP and other important Sammamish planning documents, such as the Comprehensive Plan and the Critical Areas Ordinance, will be evaluated. Final approval from the City Council and the Department of Ecology will be sought at the completion of Phase II (see project overview).
The public comment period for the Sammamish Shoreline Master Program Update (SMP) is closed. Sammamish thanks everyone that contributed their views during the SMP process. Questions regarding the current state of the SMP may be directed to Debbie Beadle, Administrative Assistant - Community Development, 425-295-0525.