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. Under the Shoreline Management Act, each city and county with "Shorelines of statewide significance" must adopt a shoreline management plan. While the plan is to be based on state laws and rules, it must be tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. Lake Ballinger is the only shoreline in Mountlake Terrace that is a shoreline of state significance.
The Shoreline Master Program, more commonly called the Shoreline Plan, was updated and adopted in November 2013. The Shoreline Plan contains the rules and standards necessary to define and regulate allowed uses on, and abutting to, the Lake Ballinger shoreline. Please select Maps for the areas under the jurisdiction of shoreline management.
The Shoreline Plan is to be reviewed and, as needed, updated at least every five years. A review considers changes in state law, effectiveness of the adopted Plan and consistency with any changes to the Comprehensive Plan. The update process also considers events and current local interests in the community since the adoption of the Plan.
- February 25 Community Open House (6-7PM)
- February 25 Planning Commission Review
- March 25 Planning Commission Recommendation to City Council
- March-April Comment period for Ecology and Public
- April 11 City Council work/study session
- April 15 City Council Public Hearing to adopt a SMP Resolution
- June 13 City Council work/study session
- June 17 City Council adopts SMP plan and Ordinance
For more information about the Shoreline Plan Update email Edith Duttlinger, Senior Planner or call 425-744-6279.
Map 1 Shoreline Planning Area (PDF)
Map 2 Vicinity Map (PDF)
Map 3 Geology (PDF)
Map 4 Soils (PDF)
Map 5 Shoreline Modifications (PDF)
Map 6 Critical Areas Geological Features (PDF)
Map 7 Critical Areas Biological Resources (PDF)
Map 8 Existing Land Use (PDF)
Map 9 Zoning and Comprehensive Plan Designations (PDF)
Map 10 Utilities (PDF)
Shoreline Master Plan (Adopted 2013):
Chapter 1 Introduction (PDF)
Chapter 2 SMP Elements (PDF)
Chapter 3 Environment Policies (PDF)
Chapter 4 General Policies (PDF)
Chapter 5 Use and Modification Policies (PDF)
Chapter 6 Administration (PDF)
Chapter 7 Definitions (PDF)
Appendix A Shoreline Environment Designations Map (PDF)
Appendix B Chapter 16.15 Critical Areas Regulations (PDF)
Appendix C Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report, September 2010 (PDF)
Appendix D Shoreline Restoration Plan, August 2012 (PDF)
Appendix E Cumulative Impacts Analysis, September 2012 (PDF)
Determination of Non-significance (DNS), 2011 (PDF)
Department of Ecology Shoreline Management
Past Meetings and Presentations:
View all agendas, public hearings and presentations relating to the Shoreline Master Program.