USA: Comments Invited on Beaux Arts Village Shoreline Program

Comments Invited on Beaux Arts Village Shoreline Program

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) seeks public comment on Beaux Arts Village’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the town’s 1,146 feet of Lake Washington shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Beaux Arts Village’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to public land and waters.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Beaux Arts Village’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. Cities, towns and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be updating or developing, their master programs.

After the public comment period, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline master program as written, reject it, or direct Beaux Arts Village to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Beaux Arts Village’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Beaux Arts Village’s proposed update master program:

– Integrates shoreline regulations with the town’s growth management, planning and zoning, floodplain management, and critical areas ordinances as part of a unified development code.

– Establishes protective natural areas, also known as buffers, of 5 to 100 feet with the flexibility to reduce buffers based on individual property circumstances.

– Limits the length of new residential docks and piers to the minimum necessary, up to 200 feet.

– Encourages soft-bank erosion control methods and limits construction of new shoreline armoring.

– Includes a restoration plan showing where and how voluntary improvements in water and upland areas can enhance the local shoreline environment.

– Helps support the broader initiative to protect and restore Puget Sound.

Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014.

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Press Release, March 26, 2013

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