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Community invited to share input about shoreline regulations

Open house scheduled for November 5, 2018

Post Date:10/29/2018 6:01 am

City of Kent staff and interested community members are reviewing the rules that govern development on Kent’s shorelines, including the Green River, Panther Lake, Lake Meridian, Lake Fenwick and other large water bodies in the city. The rules are contained in the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which carries out Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act. The goals of the SMP are to promote public access, emphasize water-dependent uses and protect natural resources and the character of shorelines.    

Shoreline rules in the SMP apply to development on land within 200 feet of a listed shoreline. Development includes new or expanded structures (houses, sheds, decks, etc.); in-water structures (docks, boat launches, etc.); or any land clearing, dredging, filling or grading. 

Cities are required by the state to review their SMP rules to make sure they are consistent with new state laws and any City codes or policies that have changed since the SMP rules were written. 

“This review is a chance for the City and community members to suggest changes to the rules to make them work better or better meet the goals of the SMP,” said Danielle Butsick, senior long-range planner/GIS coordinator.    

Residents can get involved by: 

For more information about the review of the Shoreline Master Program, contact Danielle Butsick at DButsick@KentWA.gov or 253-856-5443, or visit the project website at https://www.KentWA.gov/doing-business/long-range-planning/smp

Kent is the sixth largest city in Washington with a population over 128,000.  A culturally rich destination, Kent features captivating neighborhoods, award-winning parks, exceptional school districts and nationally accredited police and fire departments. In recent years, Kent has experienced impressive economic growth, and is nationally known as a prime location for manufacturing. For more information, visit KentWA.gov.

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