Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review

The Shoreline Managment Act requires each SMP be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature.  Ecology is the regulatory body in charge of overseeing the City's SMP periodic review and also provides technical support and partial funding to prepare SMP periodic reviews.  The City of Edmonds' periodic review must be compelted by June 30, 2019.  The periodic review ensures the SMP stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other City of Edmonds' plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data.  Ecology's rule outlining procedures for conducting periodic reviews are contained with WAC 173-26-090.


Periodic Review Checklist

Ecology developed a Periodic Review Checklist in order to provide some guidance to jurisdictions conducting their periodic reviews.  The checklist summarizes amendments to state law, rules and applicable updated guidance adopted between 2007 and 2017 that may trigger the need for local SMP amendments during periodic reviews.  The City of Edmonds just completed a comprehensive update of its SMP in June 2017.  This comprehensive update took many years to complete and some recent amendments to the SMA and shoreline guidelines did not get incorpoared in the City's SMP.  Staff has reviewed and completed the periodic review checklist which is available at this link.

In addition to the statutory and regulatory amendments identified in the checklist, staff added the Other Review Elements section to the end of Ecology's checklist to identify a couple of other items that may by amended with this periodic update.  Updates to the SMP may result from a site specific study of the Edmonds Marsh being undertaken by the City of Edmonds.  This study is not likely to be completed by the time the City's periodic review is due, however, it is likely that information will be available to provide an amendment to the Shoreline Inventory and Characterzation document (see the current SMP Documents tab below) with current information on the Edmonds Marsh.  Additionally, staff identified section ECDC 24.80.100 for process clarifications on how a shoreline substantial development review may move from a staff decision process (Type II) to a public hearing process (Type III).

The proposed revisions to Title 24 Edmonds Community Development Code (where the City's SMP is codified) identfied in the Preriodic Review Checklist are available for review at this link.  A draft memorandum describing the current conditions of the Edmonds Marsh prepared as an amendment to the Shoreline Inventory and Characterization is available for review at this link.


Work Program

On May 22, 2018, the Edmonds' City Council passed Resolution No. 1411 which adopted a Shoreline Master Program Work Program and Public Participation Plan for this periodic review.  The SMP Periodic Review Work Program provides a schedule of tasks associated with the periodic review to ensure completion by the June 30, 2019 deadline.  


State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Review

SEPA review of the proposed amendments to the Shoreline Master Program resulting from this periodic review is required.   The SEPA checklist for the periodic review is available at this link.  The City of Edmonds has determined that the proposed amendments will not have a significant impact and have issued a Determination of Nonsignificance.  The SEPA comments period extends through December 3, 2018 and the City's SEPA threshold determination may be appealed by December 10, 2018.  


Public Participation Plan

The Public Participation Plan describes the steps that the City of Edmonds will take to provide opportunities for public engagement and public comment, as well as City contact information and web addresses.  This plan is in addition to any other minimum requirements for public participation required by Chapter 20.06 ECDC.  This plan is a working document and will be adjusted as needed to provide for the greatest and broadest public participation.

A public hearing on the proposed SMP revisions identfied in this periodic review will be held before the Planning Board on December 12, 2018 at 7 P.M. in the Council Chambers located at 250 5th Avenue North in Edmonds.


Planning Board Review

The Planning Board will be reviewing proposed amendments identified in the Periodic Review Checklist during summer and fall of 2018.  Links to the Planning Board agendas where the SMP periodic review is being discussed will be provided below.  These Planning Board agendas contain staff memorandums on the periodic review as well as the proposed code amendments. 

Planning Board Meeting Date     Planning Board Agenda Link     Approved Minutes
June 27, 2018   Agenda   Minutes
August 8, 2018   Agenda   Minutes