As I wrote about before, King County is now in its second phase of updating local Shoreline Management Program designations, policies, and regulations. This is a good opportunity for you to learn about existing and proposed regulations, as well as contribute your thoughts and opinions on the topic.

The county provided a good overview of their upcoming events, which I’ll quote here for your info:

Learn more.
· Visit the King County Shorelines Web site to review the first draft of the updated Shoreline Master Program. Hard copies of the draft will also be made available in public libraries and community service centers in October 2007.
· Schedule a special presentation for your organization by contacting Mary Rabourn at 206-296-1977. (Meetings will be scheduled based on staff availability.)
· Attend an upcoming Open House near you (dates below) to learn about what is new in the draft Shoreline Master Program and the King County Comprehensive Plan, ask staff questions and provide your comments:

Public Meetings – Draft Shoreline Master Program and Comprehensive Plan
· Oct. 11, 2007: Cascade View Elem. School / Snoqualmie, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
· Oct. 15, 2007: Vashon-Maury Island UAC meeting / Vashon, 7:30 – 9 p.m.
· Oct. 16, 2007: Kentridge High School / Kent, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
· Oct. 18, 2007: White Center Heights Elem. School / Seattle, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

How to submit comments.
1. Online: Visit the New King County Shorelines Web site to submit comments, sign up to receive e-mail updates or look up information about a shoreline area: www.metrokc.gov/shorelines/
2. Email comments: CompPlanAndShorelines@kingcounty.gov
3. Mail written comments:Attn: Shoreline TeamKing County Department of Natural Resources and Parks201 S. Jackson St., Ste. 600Seattle, WA 98104

What’s next?
· Fall/Winter 2007 – Public meetings for review and comment on the revised draft program.
· December 28, 2007 – Deadline for public comments
· March 2008 – King County Executive will transmit a proposed Shoreline Master Program Update to the Metropolitan King County Council for review, public hearings and adoption.

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