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

The City anticipates amending the SMP in at least two phases.  Phase I is focused on incorporating updated critical areas regulations.  The critical areas regulations are currently under review by the City Council and will likely become effective in the early part of 2018.  It is important to amend the SMP to ensure consistency between the SMP and critical areas regulations.  Phase I will also include review and revisions to associated vegetation management provisions in the SMP since the role of vegetation is very similar in critical areas and the shoreline environment.

Phase II will begin after the completion of Phase I and focus on a broader number of topics.  The topics to be addressed in Phase II are largely those identified by staff, stakeholders and user groups (shoreline property owners, technical consultants, etc.) as general issues and specific language to be clarified and/or revisited.  While the public will be welcome to suggest topics for consideration, the scope of the amendment may be limited based on state requirement for amending an SMP and/or other staff workplan priorities.

The SMP Amendment is currently under review by the City's Planning Commission.  Current in-person participation opportunities include:  

Planning Commission Special Meeting
November 16, 2017 7:00 PM

Planning Commission Open House followed by Special Meeting
November 30, 2017 6:00 PM

Public comment is accepted at each meeting.  Additional meetings will be scheduled in December and throughout 2018.  You may stay up to date on theh amendment the following ways:

Check back often!  More information and draft documents will be posted soon.

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 Planner Christy Carr at (206) 780-3719 or