Shoreline Master Program

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) establishes goals, policies and regulations for the shoreline jurisdiction of Bainbridge Island.  The current SMP became effective in July 2014 after a comprehensive update process.  The SMP is available in two versions:

Complete Official Version Ordinance 2014-04
Including Goals, Policies and Regulations)

BIMC 16.12 (Regulations Only)
Official shoreline designations are mapped.

​SMP Amendment

An amendment to the City's Shoreline Master Program is currently under review by the City's Planning Commission.  Regularly scheduled Planning Commission meetings are held on the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7:00 to 9:00 PM at City Hall.  

Public comment is accepted at each meeting.  You may stay up to date on the amendment the following ways:

  • Check Planning Commission agendas for meeting dates and times.
  • Sign up for e-mail notifications.
Background information, draft documents and meeting summaries will be posted regularly on this page.

February 8, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Summary

Background Documents
January 25, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Summary

Background Documents
January 11, 2018 Meeting

Meeting Summary

Background Documents

Aquaculture Limited Amendment


The City of Bainbridge Island is currently processing a limited amendment of its SMP.  The scope is narrow and focuses only on policies and regulations related to aquaculture.  City Council adopted the proposed limited amendment on October 11, 2016.
Ordinance No. 2016-06
Exhibit 1
Exhibit 2
Exhibit 3

As part of the requirements for processing a limited amendment, the City prepared a submittal package that was transmitted to the Department of Ecology for review on February 17, 2017.  Ecology held a public comment period ending June 9, 2017.  The City has until January 2, 2018 to respond to comments.  Ecology will then make a decision on the City's limited amendment.  Pending Ecology approval, the existing aquaculture policies and regulations remain in effect.

Submittal Package to the Department of Ecology (180MB)
Ecology Comment Matrix

Other Shoreline Master Program Information

Regulatory Guidance Memos
Shoreline Master Plan FAQ's
If you have questions or comments regarding this project please contact Senior City Planner Christy Carr at (206) 780-3719 or