State Ecology Department seeks comments on MLT’s Shoreline Master Program

Public comment on Mountlake Terrace’s recently updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is being sought by the Washington state Department of Ecology.

The proposed SMP update, which was developed in 2010-2012, will guide construction and development in the city’s 1.2 miles of Lake Ballinger shoreline. It includes new shoreline environment designations, permitted use, buffers from the shoreline, creeks and wetlands, and structure setbacks that reflect existing land uses and ecological conditions. The plan also establishes permitting requirements.

The SMP is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by preserving existing shoreline and wetland habitat, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to access public land and waters.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, the Department of Ecology must review and approve Mountlake Terrace’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. The state agency will accept public comment on Mountlake Terrace’s proposed program through April 25. Comments and questions should be addressed to David Pater, Department of Ecology, 3190-160th Ave. S.E., Bellevue, WA 98008, at, or by calling 425-649-4253.

Mountlake Terrace’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be viewed on websites for the City of Mountlake Terrace or the Department of Ecology.

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