Since the release of the public hearing draft shoreline master program in May 2011, the Planning Commission has held a number of a lengthy discussions and made considerable progress toward bringing forward its vision of a Draft SMP that works for Bellevue. During this time the Commission has held multiple meetings where it reviewed the set of public hearing comments, heard additional testimony, conducted detailed review of several sections of the Draft SMP, and reviewed specific standards used or proposed in other jurisdictions.
At the Commission’s retreat in October 2011, the Commission directed staff to take an issue-based approach to addressing the remaining key issues, most of which were residential in nature. To organize the review process, the Planning Commission divided the review of the Draft SMP generally between those sections that directly affect the residentially zoned shoreline and those that affect non-residential areas.
Following Commission deliberations, the July 5, 2012 PC SMP Redraft was released for consideration by the Commission starting at the July 11 meeting. The May 2011 Draft SMP was edited to address Commission comments and concerns and to make the document more consistent and clear. Redundancies were also removed.
The vast majority of public comments on the Draft SMP are focused on the impact of the proposed regulations on residential properties. Topics included:
- Vegetation conservation
- Residential nonconformities
- Dock design and performance standards
- Stabilization and shoreline armoring
- Public access
In addition to key topics identified as part of the discussion of residential regulation, the commissionhas addressed:
- Lake level management for Phantom Lake and Lake Sammamish
- Water quality in Phantom Lake
- Ease of use of SMP documents, including length and cross references
- Mitigation sequencing
- Use charts
- Meydenbauer Bay Park
- Meydenbauer Yacht Club
More detailed information about specific Planning Commission progress can be found at here and by reviewing Planning Commission agendas.
Staff will continue to revise the draft SMP per Planning Commission direction on all topics and seek final direction on the draft before transmitting to the City Council for its review. The Commission has tentatively scheduled time in July and September to review this redrafted document. The Commission also plans to review outstanding comments to the Restoration Plan during this same period. Comments regarding the P.C. Redraft SMP may be submitted during this time, and the Planning Commission will need to determine whether to modify the Redraft in response to these new comments.
Once Commission review of the P.C. Redraft SMP is complete, staff will work with the Planning Commission to craft a formal transmittal delivering the redrafted to City Council.
SMP Update Schedule for Planning Commission
- July 11: Introduction to SMP Redraft and Review
- July 18: (possible added meeting) Further Review of SMP Redraft
- July 25: Further review of the SMP Redraft
- Sept. 12: Further review of the SMP Redraft
- Sept. 26: Transmittal Direction