SMP Regulations - Title 24 Edmonds Community Development Code

Title 24 of the Edmonds Community Development Code contains the regulations and standards for shoreline uses and modification within in the City's shoreline jurisdiction.  Title 24 is divided into ten parts, consistent with the material to be included within a master program as established in Chapter 173-26 WAC.  In addition to regulations for development and modifications within shoreline jurisdiction, Title 24 also contains policies for Edmonds' shoreline jurisdiction that were developed by the Citizens Technical Advisory Committee and administrative provisions for shoreline permitting.  Title 24 contains two appendices.  Appendix A contains the Shorline Jurisdiction Maps which are provided in the next section below.  Appendix B is the version of the City's critical area regulations that will apply to critical areas within the City's shoreline jurisdiction.


Shoreline Jurisdiction and Shoreline Environmental Designation Maps

The following maps show the City's shoreline jurisdiction and the shoreline environmental designations of the various shoreline areas with the City.  Local governments are required to develop and assign a land use categorization system of shoreline areas as a basis for effective Shoreline Master Programs.  The intent of designating shoreline environment is to encourage development that will enhance the present or desired character the shoreline.  To accomplish this, segments of the shoreline are given an environment designation based on existing development patterns, natural capabilities and limitations, and the aspiration of the local community.  Descriptions of the shoreline environments are contained within Part III of the regulations linked above (ECDC 24.40.000 through ECDC 24.30.080).

A major change over the shoreline jurisdiction identified in the during the SMP update, is that the tidally influenced portions of the Edmonds Marsh (roughly the western half of the marsh west of SR 104) is now considered a shoreline of the state, which means that shoreline jurisdiction extends 200 feet beyond that portion of the marsh.   As a result, a new Urban Mixed Use IV environment was created to regulate development that may occur at Harbor Square and the old UNOCAL site south of the marsh.  


Shoreline Inventory and Characterization

The purpose of the Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report is to document baseline environmental conditions in the shoreline jurisdiction of the City of Edmonds.  This inventory and characterization provides a basis for updating the City's Shoreline Master Program.  The inventory and characterization helps the City to evaluate ecological functions and values of natural resources in its shoreline jurisdiction, and explore opportunities for conservation and restoration. 


Shoreline Restoration Plan

A significant feature of state guidelines for the SMP update is the requirement that local governments include a real and meaningful strategy to address restoration of shorelines.  Master programs must include goals, policies and actions for restoration of impaired shoreline ecological functions.  The restoration plan is not intended to directly mitigate past or future development impacts on the City's shorelines.  Restoration is intended to improve overall environmental conditions unrelated to upcoming projects planned in the shoreline environment. 


Cumulative Impacts Analysis

A final piece of the SMP is the Cumulative Impacts Analysis.  The Shoreline Master Program Guidelines requires the City to evaluate and consider the cumulative impacts of reasonably foreseeable future development on shoreline ecological functions and other shoreline functions promoted by the Shoreline Management Act.  The purpose of the cumulative impacts analysis is to ensure that the City's SMP includes shoreline policies and regulations that will achieve no net loss of shoreline ecological functions as the SMP is implemented over time.