Public hearing set for shoreline regulations
July 28, 2009
Citizens and people who own property along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish can make their voices heard about a key plan for lands next to waterways.The city Planning Policy Commission will hold a public hearing about the latest draft of the Shoreline Master Program at 6:30 p.m. July 30 in the City Council chambers at City Hall South, 135 E. Sunset Way.
Officials have held several public meetings over the past two years to review shoreline information, evaluate policy options for shoreline buffers and development standards. Regulatory options for docks on Lake Sammamish have also been discussed.
The new version of the draft Shoreline Master Program reflects input from these meetings.
The program applies to “shorelines of the state.” In Issaquah, the program includes the main stem of Issaquah Creek, the East Fork of Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish. Regulations outlined in the program cover land located within 200 feet of these shorelines, as well as associated wetlands.
Regulations are meant to protect the shoreline environment and provide for development of single-family residential units and public access.
The program has not been updated since it was adopted in 1990. The city has experienced widespread growth since then, including the Greenwood Point/South Cove annexation. Lake Sammamish shoreline in these neighborhoods will now be included in the Shoreline Master Program.
City officials must update the program by December to comply with new state shoreline guidelines.
Learn more about the program at www.ci.issaquah.wa.us/SMPupdate or call city Environmental Planner Peter Rosen at 837-3094.