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Shoreline Master Program

Periodic Update


In 1972, Washington adopted its Shoreline Management Act (SMA) by public referendum to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines. The SMA contains the following major policy provisions:

  • Protecting against adverse effects to the public health; the land and its vegetation and wildlife; and the waters of the state and their aquatic life.
  • Planning for and fostering all reasonable and appropriate uses of the shoreline.
  • Protecting public rights of navigation, and public access to the shoreline and enhancing the public interest.

The city of Lynnwood adopted their Shoreline Management Program (SMP) in 2011 in accordance with the SMA. The SMP includes goals, policies, and regulations consistent with the SMA in order to comply with state guidelines to protect shorelines.

A copy of the adopted SMP can be downloaded here

The city of Lynnwood has a shoreline?

Yes! The city of Lynnwood’s wastewater treatment plan is located adjacent to the Puget Sound and contains about 700 linear feet of shoreline. The city of Lynnwood’s SMP is very limited in scope due to its small amount of shoreline. The map below shows the location of the shoreline within the city.

 SMP Site Map 2018


Why is the city of Lynnwood conducting a periodic review of the Shoreline Master Program?

The Shoreline Management Act requires each city to review, and, if necessary, revise their SMP at least once every eight years. The city of Lynnwood is conducting a periodic review in accordance with this requirement. If necessary, revisions to the existing SMP may be made.

What is the periodic review process?

The city will be reviewing changes to the SMA that have been adopted by the state over the past 10 years. These changes will be reviewed against the adopted SMP for inconsistencies. The city will also review the SMP to reflect changes in conditions since the last review of the SMP. Changes will be proposed to bring the SMP into compliance with current day requirements. These changes will be reviewed and approved by City Council and by the Department of Ecology.

Public Hearing and Comment Period

The City of Lynnwood and Washington Department of Ecology are holding a joint public comment period and public hearing on the city’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) under RCW 90.58.080(4). At any time within the public comment period, written comments may be submitted to the contact person listed below. The Lynnwood Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing at which the above-referenced project will be considered. Interested citizens are invited to attend this public hearing and to provide comments, either orally or in writing. Public Hearing Notice


Contact Information

Please feel free to contact Ashley Winchell, Senior Planner, to comment or for more information about the Shoreline Master Program, public participation, or the amendment process.

In Person:   Permit Center
    20816 44th Ave W, Suite 230
    Lynnwood, WA 98036
By Phone:   (425) 670-5411
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By Mail:   City of Lynnwood
    Community Development
    PO Box 5008
    Lynnwood, WA 98046-5008