DOE suggests changes to Shoreline Master Program

Published on Wed, Jul 10, 2013
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The Blaine Planning Commission is updating the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), and has been incorporating changes suggested by state Department of Ecology (DOE) staff.

The DOE suggested more detail in the areas of vegetation conservation, shoreline stabilization and critical saltwater habitat.

They also pointed out the need for additional regulations for any infrastructure that passes over waterways. City planner Michael Jones said in a press release the community development services department is looking at two ways to add the regulations.

“One approach was to revise the aquatic environment section; another was to add an overwater structures section,” he said.  “Staff would like the commission’s opinion on which method seems more effective and understandable.”

A public hearing on the SMP is scheduled for Thursday, July 11, but city planners are requesting the hearing be kept open until August 8. Jones said the city’s website will be updated with the most current versions of the SMP in the coming weeks.