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Shoreline Master Program Update
Ecology Approves Burien's Comprehensive Update
On October 3, 2013, the state Department of Ecology approved the City of Burien's comprehensive update of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Burien's shoreline program is October 17, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Burien that the updated shoreline program was approved.

There is a 60-day appeal period commencing on the date of the legal notice as provided by Ecology; the legal notice was published on October 17, 2013, resulting in the appeal period closing on December 16, 2013.

The approved Shoreline Master Program can be viewed from the Shoreline Master Program documents page.

Information related to the Department of Ecology's approval of Burien's Shoreline Master Program is available on the DOE website.

City Council Proposed Alternative and Public Hearing
At the November 28, 2011, City Council meeting a shoreline working group was appointed to study the four outstanding issues and prepare a recommendation for consideration by the council. The working group reported its progress to the the council on multiple occasions and ultimately recommended proposed solutions to the four remaining issues. These proposed solutions were generally well received by both the City Council and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The working group and staff have since collaborated to prepare a new draft of the updated SMP incorporating the solutions to the four outstanding issues. Additionally, the document is being edited for consistency and clarity to address other, non-substantive, issues.

The latest versions of the documents now are available for review in advance of the public hearing on May 6, 2013.

City of Burien Response to DOE's Required and Suggested Changes
On May 23, 2011, the City of Burien sent its response to the Washington State Department of Ecology's comments on the City's adopted Shoreline Master Program Update. The City agreed with some of DOE's required changes and proposed alternative amendments consistent with the scope of the original submittal.

Department of Ecology Response to draft Shoreline Master Program
Much of the draft Shoreline Master Program has been approved by the Washington Department of Ecology, with some changes required for full approval of the program. The City received notification in a letter dated April 22, 2011.

The complete DOE response, including required and suggested changes, is available on the Department of Ecology website.

The proposed updated SMP as submitted to DOE is available for review at:

            Burien Department of Community Development
            400 SW 152nd St., Suite 300

            King County Public Library, Burien Branch
            Reference Desk, 2nd Floor
            400 SW 152nd St.

            City of Burien website

Authority to amend the City's Shoreline Master Program is based on Chapter 90.58 RCW, the State Shoreline Management Act, and its implementing rules including Chapter 173-26 WAS, the State Master Program Approval/Amendment Procedures and Master Program Guidelines.

Questions or additional information:  Bob Fritzen, Washington State Department of Ecology, (360) 715-5207.

    Under the state Shoreline Management Act, each city and county with "shorelines of the state" must adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that is based on state laws and rules while tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community.

    The City was awarded a $117,000 grant by the state Department of Ecology for this work. The City and its consultants began updating the master program with the aid of the City's Shoreline Advisory Committee.  The committee met nine times throughout its process and completed its primary task of recommending an updated Shoreline Master Program to the Planning Commission.

400 SW 152nd St, Suite 300  /  Burien, WA 98166  /  Ph: (206) 241-4647  /  Fax: (206) 248-5539
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