Citizens can comment on Issaquah shoreline rules

June 12, 2012

By Staff

The state Department of Ecology requested input from citizens as officials evaluate the city-developed plans for land along Issaquah Creek and Lake Sammamish.

The updated Shoreline Master Program is designed to guide construction and development for 12 miles along the creek and the lake. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposed rules until June 29.

Email comments and questions to city Environmental Planner Peter Rosen at peterr@ci.issaquah.wa.us. Call 837-3094 to ask questions about the proposal.

The proposed rules combine local plans for future development and preservation, plus recent development ordinances and related permitting requirements. The plan is meant to minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas.

The proposal contains distinct rules for creekside and lakeside development. Planners also included measures to control erosion and limit construction along Lake Sammamish.

Once the public comment period ends, Department of Ecology officials could approve the proposed Shoreline Master Program as-is, reject the document or direct city officials to modify specific parts.

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