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Updated on November 24, 2020

What’s Happening Now?

Thanks for visiting the Bremerton Shoreline Master Program Update Online Tool. The City of Bremerton is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

Bremerton’s SMP encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines, while protecting important natural resources, promoting public access, and providing opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities and recreational activities in shoreline areas.

The SMP update process is required to ensure consistency with existing State regulations enacted City codes, and other new information and improved data. We intend to complete the update by the mid-2021. The City will not develop a new SMP but is proposing minor updates to portions of the existing SMP.

During a public hearing before the City’s Planning Commission on November 16, 2020, the proposed changes to the SMP were presented for comment. The City will prepare a response to comments and determine whether modifications to the City’s proposed changes are needed. Public comments and City responses will be shared with the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). Once the City completes its refinements to the program update, it will formally submit these documents to Ecology (WAC 173- 26-104 and WAC 173-26-110). If Ecology deems the proposed program update consistent with current state law and rules, it forwards its approval to City staff, who will then bring the proposed program update to the Bremerton City Council for final approval and adoption, likely in the first quarter of 2021.

For additional details on the SMP adoption process, please visit BremertonWa.gov/SMPUpdate.

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Overview and Background

The City of Bremerton is currently reviewing its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to ensure consistency with existing laws and rules and with other City plans and regulations, and to improve overall usability of the SMP. It is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data.

SMP Proposed Amendments

Below are proposed amendments to five key topical areas presented to the Bremerton Planning Commission on November 16, 2020 (additional amendments are being proposed but are minor and limited in nature). The Bremerton City Council will finalize its decision on the SMP updates during the first quarter of 2021. The following information provides a high-level overview of proposed changes to the five key topical areas. The SMP proposed updates are detailed in the Draft Bremerton SMP Amendments:

In addition to the key topic areas listed above, minor updates have been proposed to ensure consistency with existing laws and rules and with other City plans and regulations and improve overall usability of the SMP. You can browse and comment on any or all of the proposed changes listed in the Draft Bremerton SMP Amendments and Draft CAO Amendements document.

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Feedback

The City accepted public comment on its proposed changes to the SMP between October 23 and November 23, 2020. The public comment period is now closed. The Bremerton City Council will finalize its decision on the SMP updates during the first quarter of 2021.

For additional details on the SMP adoption process, please visit bremertonwa.gov/SMPUpdate.

If you have questions about the SMP update, please contact Garrett Jackson at the City of Bremerton:

Phone: 360-473-5289
Email: Garrett.Jackson@ci.bremerton.wa.us

Contact us!

If you have questions or would like to send your comments via email, please reach out to Garrett Jackson (Senior Planner):

Phone: 360-473-5289
Email: Garrett.Jackson@ci.bremerton.wa.us
*Note: all project communications are treated as public records and may be released consistent with applicable laws.

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