Shoreline management in King County, Washington
King County's beauty is no doubt characterized by its bounty of water bodies. King County has nearly 2,000 miles of shoreline along major lakes and rivers and Vashon-Maury Island. These shorelines provide habitat for fish and wildlife, places for public enjoyment and space for wide-ranging waterfront land uses.
2019 Shoreline Master Program Update
In fall 2018, King County will begin a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act. This review will include evaluation of King County’s current shoreline regulations, development of recommended amendments, and adoption of the updated program in spring 2019. There will be public outreach and engagement throughout the process, including opportunities to comment on the update and the proposed amendments. More information about the program update, including the project schedule and opportunities for public involvement, will be posted shortly. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the update or would like to be added to the email distribution list, please contact Christine Jensen.
Shoreline Master Program
On January 14, 2013, the Washington Department of Ecology gave final approval to an update to King County’s Shoreline Master Program. The modified program is in effect as of January 28, 2013. The Shoreline Master Program consists of the following elements:
- Goals and Policies - Chapter 6 of the King County Comprehensive Plan.
- Development regulations – the majority of the new regulations have been incorporated into King County Code Chapter 21A.25.
- List of King County Shorelines (171 Kb pdf)
- Supplemental materials
About the Shoreline Master Program
- Fact sheets
- Shoreline ecology
- Public access and recreation
- Land use
- Shoreline history
- Example of historical change
- Glossary of terms
- Public survey findings
- Water and land services
- Greening your Shoreline
- Environmental indicators for King County shorelines
- King County watersheds
- Department of Permitting and Environmental Review
- Department of Natural Resources and Parks
- King County Parks and Recreation
News and announcements
Oct. 20, 2017
External article, Seattle Times
Report: Rising sea levels could flood Seattle-area homes by end of century