Will the new shoreline rules affect you? They could if you’re a waterfront homeowner or business owner, live on a boat, or play along Seattle’s shorelines. The Seattle Department of Planning and Development is hosting a public meeting to discuss the changes and answer your questions.
The meeting is Tuesday, March 8, from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm in the Bertha Knight Landes Room at Seattle City Hall. The presentation starts at 6:00 pm.
The proposed new regulations will cause these changes which might affect folks:
- Increasing shoreline setbacks for new residential development
- Changing requirements for new and replaced bulkheads, unless water threatens to undermine buildings
- Clarifying the use of shorelines to support businesses
- Improving public access to shorelines
- Prohibiting additional, new floating homes
- Continuing current regulations that maintain existing floating homes
- Regulating the number of liveaboards at marinas
Detailed information about proposed regulation changes is available at: http://buildingconnections.seattle.gov/2011/02/09/seattle-shoreline-rules-to-change/. The draft regulations, director’s report, and supporting material are posted at: www.seattle.gov/dpd/Planning/ShorelineMasterProgramUpdate/
Public comments on the proposed Shoreline Master Program update, which regulates Seattle’s shorelines, are accepted through May 16, 2011. Please send your written comments to Margaret Glowacki at firstname.lastname@example.org. Written comments may also be submitted at the public meeting.