Shoreline Management Program Periodic Review, 2019

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires each city and county to review, and, if necessary, revise their Shoreline Management Program (SMP) at least once every eight years. The legislature set a schedule that requires Snohomish County to complete this review by June 30, 2019.

Project Description.

Periodic Review requires the County to demonstrate that its SMP is consistent with:

  1. All of the changes to shoreline laws (Chapter 90.58 RCW) and guidelines (Chapter 173-26 WAC) that have been adopted by the state since the County’s last SMP Update in 2012; and
  2. The County’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations adopted under the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW), if applicable, and other local requirements.

Scope of Review.

In response to this mandate, the County Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) began researching all of the changes made to shoreline laws and guidelines that have been adopted by the state over the last ten years. PDS then identified which of these “state-initiated” changes created an inconsistency in county code.

Part of periodic review also encourages local governments to review their SMPs to reflect changing local circumstances, new information or improved data.

In addition to potential code amendments, PDS also initiated review of shoreline maps identifying shoreline jurisdiction in Snohomish County. Based on improved data, natural changes and changes in jurisdiction, County PDS staff identified minor changes to these maps since the last SMP Update in 2012.

Both state- and local-initiated code amendments, as well as updates to shoreline maps, will be included as part of the scope of 2019 SMP Periodic Review.

Community Outreach.

An open house is planned to provide general information about the project, increase understanding about requirements for periodic review, answer questions, obtain input from the public, and highlight the tentative schedule for consideration of the proposed changes. See the flyer linked below for details about the Open House.

Open House: February 13, 2018

Process for Adopting Changes.

Any proposed changes to the county’s SMP will require a public hearing before the Snohomish County Planning Commission, the Snohomish County Council and the Washington State Department of Ecology.

Prior to the public hearings, County PDS staff will provide planning commissioners, council members and Ecology officials with briefings on the project. The public is welcome to provide testimony at public hearings which will be announced on this website.

Draft Timeline.


  • Planning Commission briefing                                May 22, 2018

    Meeting Materials: Staff Report and Presentation

  • Planning Commission public hearing                     October 23, 2018

    Meeting Materials: Staff Report

    Planning Commission public testimony is closed.

  • Planning Commission deliberations                       November 27, 2018

    Planning Commission recommendation letter


  • County Council briefing                                         TBD
  • County Council briefing                                         TBD

Contact Information:

Alison Hodgkin, Senior Planner | Snohomish County Planning and Development Services | Email Alison | 425-262-2975