Shoreline Master Program

Background on Covington’s 2019 Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review & Update

Since the early 1970s, the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) has required that jurisdictions develop shoreline management programs for areas with significant shorelines. Since the early 1970s, the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) has required that jurisdictions develop shoreline management programs for areas with significant shorelines.

Washington State, in partnership with Department of Ecology (DOE), requires cities with areas designated as “Shorelines of the State” update their Shoreline Master Program(SMP) in accordance with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act and the State Shoreline Master Programs Guidelines. 

Upon incorporate in 1996, Covington continued to use King County shoreline regulations until Covington adopted its own SMP with other background documents including a Shoreline Restoration Plan and the Cumulative Impacts Analysis for Covington’s Shorelines, which was approved by Ecology in April 2011.

The SMA requires that each SMP be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the State Legislature.  This review ensures that the City’s SMP stays current with changes in State laws and rules, remains consistent with Covington’s Comprehensive Plan and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information, and improved data. Starting in 2018, Covington started it's periodic review of its SMP. 

In 2019, Covington’s City Council approved Ord. 09-2019 which updated the SMP to include State mandated regulations adopted since 2011, clarify and better define existing shoreline regulations and processes, as well as revised the format of the SMP to make it easier for the public and staff to navigate including codifying all of the regulations into Covington Municipal Code (CMC 16.05) and policies were pulled into the Comprehensive Plan’s Shoreline Element. Other updates were made to the city’s Critical Area regulations.  

On August 29, 2019, Ecology approved the city’s SMP with not modifications and the updated SMP went into effect on September 12, 2019. 
 

Overview of the Periodic Update process
The City of Covington and the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology)  held a joint public comment period from September 28 through Nov. 1, 2018 on the periodic review of Covington’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) under RCW 90.58.080(4). The City of Covington has prepared draft SMP amendments to keep the SMP current with changes in state law, changes in city plans and regulations, and other changed local circumstances. An Environmental Determination of Nonsignificance has also been issued for this proposal by the City of Covington. 

A joint public hearing with the City and Ecology was held on November 1, 2018 at the regularly scheduled Planning Commission meeting.  The Planning Commission recommended to forward the draft amendments to the SMP to the City Council for final approval. Prior to City Council's review of the amended SMP the city sent  the draft SMP to Ecology for their review and initial determination of the SMP. 

Covington's City Council considered the Planning Commission's recommendation at their July 8, 2019 meeting. The City Council voted to approve the proposed SMP amendments and directed staff to forward them to Ecology for final review and approval.  On August 29, 2019, Ecology approved Covington's Periodic Update amendments to the SMP,  those changes will go into effect on September 12, 2019.



Joint City of Covington & Ecology public comment period

  • Opens: September 28, 2018
  • Closes: November 1, 2018


Informational Open House

October 4, 2018, at 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Covington City Hall

16720 SE 271st St

Covington, WA 98042

 

Joint City of Covington & Ecology Public Hearing

November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m.

Covington City Hall

16720 SE 271st St

Covington, WA 98042

 


City Council Consideration of an Ordinance Adopting the SMP Amendments
July 9, 2019 at 7:00
p.m.
Covington City Hall, 16720 SE 271st St, Covington, WA 98042

 

 


timeline - Copy

This is a general timeline for the SMP periodic review. Opportunities for public comment are shown with an asterisk*.  During the Planning Commission review the city will conduct a public comment period and hold a public hearing to solicit input on the proposed changes to the SMP. The city is electing to use the optional Joint Review process under WAC 173-26-104.  The joint review process requires a public comment period of at least thirty days. The Planning Commission will send a recommendation to the City Council for a final decision.  The city will coordinate with the Department of Ecology throughout the process.


Ways to Get Involved

The city held an open house on October 4th at 5:30pm at City Hall and provided a presentation and overview of the draft proposed changes and answered questions. The public is invited to review the proposed amendments to the SMP and provide comments to city staff within the 30 day comment period.  The Covington Planning Commission will be hold a joint public hearing with the Washington State Department of Ecology on November 1, 2018 at 6:30pm, the public may submit comments at the public hearing both in writing and orally.  Public notice of the open house and public hearings will be published in the Covington Reporter and mailed to all property owners located within shoreline jurisdiction in Covington. If you would like to provide written comment, letters may be mailed to:

Ann Mueller
Periodic Review
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st St #100
Covington, WA 98042

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