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:

Official shoreline designations are mapped (PDF).

There are currently three amendments to the SMP underway:

  • Limited amendment related to aquaculture:
    Locally adopted by City Council in October 2016. City staff is coordinating with the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) on potential required and recommended changes and Ecology’s conditional approval for City Council consideration sometime in late spring 2019.

  • Amendment related to critical areas regulations and nonconforming uses, structures, and lots:
    This draft amendment was approved by City Council in January 2019. City staff is compiling the required submittal package to transmit to Ecology in March 2019.

  • Periodic Review:
    This is a state-mandated review required to be complete by the end of June 2020. City Council approved the periodic review public participation program and work plan in March 2019. The Planning Commission is expected to begin their review in April 2019.

Background material and draft documents are available by contacting City staff:

Christy Carr, AICP
Senior Planner or