Shoreline Planning


Shoreline Master Program 

Lake Ballinger, a treasured community resource, is the center-piece of Mountlake Terrace’s Shoreline Master Program. The Program guides how the shoreline and uplands are developed and managed. The Shoreline Management Act requires that each city and county, with "shorelines of statewide significance", adopt a shoreline management plan. Lake Ballinger is the only shoreline in Mountlake Terrace “of state significance”. The lake and certain abutting areas fall under the jurisdiction of shoreline management (see Maps).

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP), commonly called the Shoreline Plan, guides how the shoreline and associated uplands are developed and managed. The SMP and city development regulations (Chapter 16.10 Shoreline Management), contains the rules and standards necessary to define and regulate allowed uses on, and abutting, Lake Ballinger.

Updated at least every eight years, the Shoreline Plan is to be periodically reviewed as well. The next update is due in 2019, and again in 2027. A review considers changes in state law, the effectiveness of the current Plan, and consistency with the City’s Comprehensive Plan.

  2019 Meetings  
  • February 25             Community Open House (6-7:00 p.m.)
  • February 25             Planning Commission Review
  • March 25 - April 24 Joint Ecology and City public comment period on proposed SMP                                                          and related municipal code updates
  • April 8                      Joint Planning Commission and Ecology Public Hearing, 7:00 p.m.
  • Mid-April/May          City Council work/study session
  • April 24                    Public comments due by 5:00 p.m.
  • Early May                Submit a final draft SMP to Department of Ecology for review
  • June 13                   City Council work/study session
  • June 17                   City Council holds public hearing to adopt SMP amendments

For more information about the Shoreline Plan Update contact: Edith Duttlinger, Senior Planner or call 425-744-6279.

Public Comment Period
The City of Mountlake Terrace and Washington State Department of Ecology are conducting a 30-day joint review of the Mountlake Terrace Shoreline Master Program (SMP) and see public comment on proposed revisions to the SMP. Authority for this update is based on Washington's Shoreline Management Act (Ch. 90.58 RCW) and related rules. Documents are available to review on this page and at City Hall. 
Comment Period: March 25, 2019- April 24, 2019
Comments Due By: April 24, 2019 by 5:00 p.m.
Send Comments to: Edith Duttlinger, Senior Planner, Community and Economic Development Department, 6100 218th Street SW, Suite 200, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043

Public Hearing:
The City of Mountlake Terrace and Washington State Department of Ecology are holding a joint public hearing on the proposed revisions to the SMP and implementing regulations.
Time: April 8, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.
Place: City Council Chambers, Interim City Hall, 6100 219th Street SW, Suite 220, Mountlake Terrace, WA 98043.