2019 Shoreline Management Program Periodic Review

Snohomish County is conducting a periodic review of its current Shoreline Management Program (SMP). “Periodic Review” is required by the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and is intended to ensure that shoreline programs do not fall out of compliance with state shoreline laws and guidelines over time. Snohomish County is required to complete this review by June 30, 2019.

UPDATE! On Wednesday, July 3, 2019, the Snohomish County Council voted to approve Ordinance No. 19-020. Next steps include a formal review of completeness and approval by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Stay tuned to this website for more information.

Scope of Review

Periodic Review requires the County to demonstrate consistency with 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. Periodic Review also requires the county to demonstrate consistency with the County’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations adopted under the Growth Management Act (Chapter 36.70A RCW), if applicable, and other local requirements. Periodic Review also encourages local governments to review their SMPs to reflect changing local circumstances, new information or improved data.

Project Proposal

Proposed ordinance 19-020 would adopt amendments to the SMP necessary to comply with applicable state laws and shoreline guidelines currently in effect. Proposed ordinance 19-020 includes amendments to the SMP that will result in more effective shoreline management, reflect changed circumstances, new information and improved data in shoreline maps and regulations. Proposed ordinance 19-020 also includes housekeeping, typographical, grammar and style changes to provide clarity and achieve consistency throughout the SMP. 

Community Outreach

The county held open houses on February 13, 2018, to provide general information about the project, increase understanding about requirements for periodic review, answer questions, obtain input, and highlight the tentative schedule for consideration of the proposed changes.

PDS also held special outreach meetings intended to provide information to landowners with properties adjacent to or within 200 feet of a waterbody affected by proposed map amendments.

Planning Commission

The Snohomish County Planning Commission process for this project has been completed. See below for important dates and links to project materials.


On Wednesday, April 24, 2019, the County issued Addendum No. 2 to the Shoreline Management Program (SMP) Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (FSEIS) for 2019 SMP Periodic Review. See below for links to SEPA documentation. 

Addendum No. 2 to the Shoreline Management Program Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement.

County Council and Ecology Adoption Process

On May 7, 2019, County PDS staff provided the Snohomish County Council (County Council) a briefing on this project at the Planning and Community Development Committee. For more information about the briefing, or to watch the video, follow the County Council briefing links below.

Proposed changes to the county’s SMP require a public hearing before the County Council and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). 

Prior to the joint public hearing, the County Council and Ecology held a 30-day public comment period seeking public comment on the proposed amendments to Ordinance 19-020 from May 15 - June 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

  • County Council briefing                                         May 7, 2019, 10:30 a.m.
    • Meeting Materials:                                               Planning Committee Agenda (Action Item #5)
    • Meeting Video - In the left-hand sidebar, scroll down to Item #5 and press play. Also, open the PowerPoint presentation under Item #5 in the right-hand sidebar to follow along.
  • County Council/Ecology public hearing                Wednesday, June, 5, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - continued
  • County Council public hearing                             Wednesday, June, 12, 2019, 6:30 p.m. - continued
  • County Council public hearing                             Wednesday, June, 26, 2019, 10:30 a.m. - continued
  • County Council public hearing                             Wednesday, July 3, 2019, 10:30 a.m. 

                          Snohomish County Campus

                          Robert J. Drewel Building - 8th Floor

                          3000 Rockefeller Avenue

                          Everett, WA 98201

  • County Council deliberations                                July 3, 2019
  • Ecology (initial determination)                                 June 28, 2019
  • County Council adoption                                         July 3, 2019
  • Ecology approval                                                     TBD

Contact Information:

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