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Second Draft

Second Draft

King County Shoreline Master Program September 2007

Note: King County published updates to these documents in October, 2008:

Below is the second draft of the King County Shoreline Master Program, the set of policies, regulations and plans that manage the shorelines within King County’s jurisdiction. The Shoreline Master Program is part of the Comprehensive Plan.

Shoreline Master Program documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat format for broad compatibility and in sections to minimize download time. For help with Acrobat, please see our Adobe Acrobat help page.

Draft Shoreline Goals and Policies (Acrobat version)
Draft Shoreline Goals and Policies (MS Word version)
This document will comprise Chapter 5 of the King County Comprehensive Plan and describes King County’s shoreline goals and policies.

Summary of Proposed Code Changes (MS Word version)
Brief overview of land use, development and enforcement regulations that provide for the effectiveness of the shoreline goals and policies (above).

Draft Shoreline Management Regulations
The Draft Shoreline Management Regulations ordinance includes code amendments specific to shoreline land use and permitting. Other draft code changes related to shoreline management, including amendments to critical areas regulations, will be released in late summer 2008.

Draft Appendix A: Shorelines Protection and Restoration Plan
A summary of shoreline restoration planning and the ways in which it is expected to occur over time.

Draft Appendix B: Public Access Plan
Priorities for providing new public access to major shorelines in the unincorporated area.

Draft Appendix C: Cumulative Impacts Analysis
This analysis evaluates the success of County policies and regulations in meeting a “no-net-loss” goal contained in the state guidelines for the Shoreline Master Program update.

Draft Appendix D: Washington Department of Ecology Checklist and Public Involvement Process

Final Appendix E: Technical Appendix

The Technical Appendix is a detailed inventory and analysis of existing shoreline conditions. A draft of the Technical Appendix was presented to the public for comment and feedback in February, 2007. The documents below comprise the final report.

Cover and Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. Overview of the Shoreline Management Act and Guidelines
    2. What does the King County Shoreline Master Program include and why is King County reevaluating it?
    3. Context for and history of King County shorelines
    4. King County's shoreline jurisdiction
    5. How will the shoreline inventory and characterization be used?
  2. Characterization of Ecological Processes Purpose and uses of shoreline characterization
    1. Shoreline alterations analysis: concept, criteria and results
    2. Basin context
    3. Overview of biological resources
    4. Climate change and large-scale events
  3. Public Access and Recreation
    1. Defining public access
    2. Inventory of existing shoreline public access
    3. Gaps and opportunities
  4. Land Use
    1. Definitions
    2. Methodology to inventory current land uses and land use patterns
    3. Results of land use analysis
  5. Archaeological and Historic Resources
    1. Defining archaeological and historic resources
    2. Summary of shoreline archaeological and historic resources
    3. Archaeological and historic resources data
  6. Cumulative Impact Analysis
    1. Methodology
    2. Results
  7. Restoration Planning Analysis
    1. Definition of restoration
    2. Methodology
    3. Results

Technical Appendix Attachments

  1. Glossary
  2. Basin Context Tables
  3. Lakes Tables
  4. Data Sources and Criteria for Data Selection
  5. Ecosystem Process Definition Tables
  6. Alterations Analysis Flow Charts
  7. Protecting aquatic ecosystems: A guide for Puget Sound planners to understand watershed processes
    Stanley, S., J. Brown, and S. Grigsby. 2005. Washington State Department of Ecology. Publication #05-06-027. Olympia, WA
  8. Bibliography
  9. GIS Analysis to Update Shoreline Jurisdiction Map


For more information about shoreline management in King County, please contact Laura Casey, environmental scientist, Department of Local Services.