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Posted on: October 17, 2017

Update of Shoreline Management Program Nears Conclusion

Blackmans Lake

At its November 7, 2017 meeting the Snohomish City Council will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of an updated Shoreline Management Program (SMP).  Interested parties are invited to attend the 7 p.m. hearing at the Snohomish School District’s George Gilbertson Boardroom, located at 1601 Avenue D.

The SMP affects the shorelines of Blackmans Lake, the Pilchuck River, and the Snohomish River and the shorelands 200 feet upland of those shorelines that are within City limits.

Final draft SMP documents are now available for viewing and download on the SMP web page.  Changes from the earlier drafts that were on the web page include:

  • Inclusion of a Users Guide section;
  • Creation of a Critical Areas section within the Shoreline Management development code that addresses wetlands and habitat conservation areas;
  • Improved regulations related to shoreline variances and conditional use permits; and
  • Provisions to ensure non-conforming uses, especially in the Historic Business land use designation area, can continued and maintained and be replaced by new non-conforming uses.

Snohomish River Ave. D bridge east


The SMP update process has been underway since 2010 and was stopped for four years in 2012 due to staffing issues.  However, with City Council approval, the only remaining step would be certification by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

For more information about the SMP update, contact Planning Director Glen Pickus via email or at 360-282-3173.

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