The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a comprehensive land-use plan that includes policies and regulations for the use and development of local shorelines.
The statewide Shoreline Management Act requires a comprehensively updated SMP be periodically reviewed every eight years. The City is included in the first round of periodic reviews to be completed in 2019.
The City last completed a comprehensive update to the SMP in February 2013. Since then, the Central Issaquah Plan (including the Design and Development Standards) were adopted, and the Lake Sammamish State Park was annexed by the City. These changes are now included in the draft SMP updates.
As part of the update, the City conducted a State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) review, and issued a Proposed Determination of Non-Significance (DNS).
This means Issaquah determined that the proposed updates to the SMP would not have a probable, significant adverse impact on the environment. A public comment period is now open from May 10-23. Comments can be sent to Emily Arteche until May 23.
After the comment period, the City will issue a Final Determination, which can then be appealed until 5 p.m. June 6, 2019.
Learn more about the update at issaquahwa.gov/smp.