Executive Recommended King County Shoreline Master Program
Below is the Executive's Recommended update to the King County Shoreline Master Program. The Shoreline Master Program includes policies, regulations and plans that manage the shorelines within King County’s jurisdiction. The Shoreline Master Program will be incorporated into the King County Comprehensive Plan.
Unless otherwise indicated, Shoreline Master Program documents are provided in Adobe Acrobat format for broad compatibility and in sections to minimize download time. For help with Acrobat, please see our Adobe Acrobat help page.
- Transmittal letter to County Council (Acrobat)
- Overview of major changes in the Executive Recommended Shoreline Master Program (Acrobat)
- Review previous drafts/versions of the King County Shoreline Master Program
Map: Shorelines of the State, (Acrobat, 5MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Northwest King County, (Acrobat, 5.8MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Northeast King County, (Acrobat, 5MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Southeast King County, (Acrobat, 5.6MB)
Map: Shorelines Designations - Southwest King County, (Acrobat, 3.3MB)
Shoreline Management Regulations
The Recommended Shoreline Management Regulations ordinance includes code amendments specific to shoreline land use and permitting. The Recommended Regulations also includes amendments to other King County Code sections including critical areas regulations that are relied upon by King County for purposes of complying with the Shoreline Management Act.
A summary of shoreline restoration planning and the ways in which it is expected to occur over time.
Shorelines Protection and Restoration Plan (Acrobat version)
Shorelines Protection and Restoration Plan (MS Word version)
Priorities for providing new public access to major shorelines in the unincorporated area.
Public Access Plan (Acrobat version)
Public Access Plan (MS Word version)
This analysis evaluates the success of County policies and regulations in meeting a “no-net-loss” goal contained in the state guidelines for the Shoreline Master Program update.
King County Shorelines Technical Appendix
The Technical Appendix is a detailed inventory and analysis of existing shoreline conditions. A draft of the Technical Appendix was presented to the public for comment and feedback in February 2007. The documents below comprise the final report.
- Overview of the Shoreline Management Act and Guidelines
- What does the King County Shoreline Master Program include and why is King County reevaluating it?
- Context for and history of King County shorelines
- King County's shoreline jurisdiction
- How will the shoreline inventory and characterization be used?
- Characterization of Ecological Processes Purpose and uses of shoreline characterization
- Shoreline alterations analysis: concept, criteria and results
- Basin context
- Overview of biological resources
- Climate change and large-scale events
- Public Access and Recreation
- Defining public access
- Inventory of existing shoreline public access
- Gaps and opportunities
- Land Use
- Methodology to inventory current land uses and land use patterns
- Results of land use analysis
- Archaeological and Historic Resources
- Defining archaeological and historic resources
- Summary of shoreline archaeological and historic resources
- Archaeological and historic resources data
- Cumulative Impact Analysis
- Restoration Planning Analysis
- Definition of restoration
Technical Appendix Attachments
- Basin Context Tables
- Lakes Tables
- Data Sources and Criteria for Data Selection
- Ecosystem Process Definition Tables
- Alterations Analysis Flow Charts
- Protecting aquatic ecosystems: A guide for Puget Sound planners to understand watershed processes
Stanley, S., J. Brown, and S. Grigsby. 2005. Washington State Department of Ecology. Publication #05-06-027. Olympia, WA
- GIS Analysis to Update Shoreline Jurisdiction Map
Characterization Data Addendum: This addendum describes the data used to characterize the ecological quality of shorelines in unincorporated King County.
Map FolioS-1. Shorelines of the State
S-2. Shorelines of Statewide Significance
Restoration Plan Maps
Shoreline Restoration Priority
Public Access Plan Maps
B2. Gap 1: Snoqualmie River
B3. Gap 2: Basset Pond
B4. Gaps 3 & 4: North & South Raging River
B5. Gaps 5 & 6: Issaquah Creek & NW Cedar River
B6. Gap 7: SE Cedar River
B7. Gap 8 and 9: Soos-Covington Creeks and Green River
B8. Gap 10: White River
Cumulative Impacts Maps
Technical Appendix D Maps
- WDNR Navigable Waters (out of date 11/2012, link removed)
- NOAA Navigation Lanes
D5. Shoreline Alterations Analysis Results
D7. Biological Resources
- Existing Shoreline Aquatic Wildlife and Habitat
- Existing Shoreline Terrestrial Wildlife and Habitat
- High Landscape Forest Value and Wildlife Habitat Network Areas