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Kirkland News Room

Community Invited to Participate in Shoreline Master Program 2019 Update

Media Contact:
Kellie Stickney
Communications Program Manager
kstickney@kirklandwa.gov
(425) 979-6562

Kirkland, Washington – Kirkland community members are invited to attend two upcoming meetings regarding the update of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), a set of land-use policies and regulations that guide how shoreline properties are used and developed. 

The meetings are open to the public, and will take place at Kirkland City Hall (123 5th Avenue) in the Council Chambers on the following days (please check the City’s website to confirm dates in case of weather-related delays): 

● Houghton Community Council Study Session: 7 p.m., Monday, February 25, 2019
● Planning Commission Study Session: 7 p.m., Thursday, February 28, 2019

The City’s current SMP was adopted in 2010. Periodic updates are mandated by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act to ensure consistency with the City’s Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, and to make updates to reflect new state law since the SMP’s adoption. The City’s SMP update is also an opportunity to improve the City’s shoreline regulations to assure that our natural resources are protected for future use. 

Minor amendments to the City’s wetland and stream regulations will also be considered, to ensure consistency with the SMP, improve clarity, and confirm that the regulations reflect the most recent available science.

The update is expected to be complete by Fall 2019. 

The City welcomes comments and participation from the community as it moves forward in the update process. Please direct comments to the Kirkland Planning Commission at: planningcommissioners@kirklandwa.gov. For more information about the SMP update process, please visit our website at: Shoreline Master Program. 

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