Bremerton Shoreline Master Program Update

Project Update

The City of Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is being updated. Every eight years, counties and cities must review the SMP to ensure it remains consistent with any changes in state law, the adopted Comprehensive Plan, and any changes in local circumstance. Bremerton periodic review is due mid-2021. The periodic review is not as involved as the “comprehensive update” that Bremerton completed in the 2013’s SMP. The comprehensive update was a major rewrite of the SMP that took several years to complete. 


For this periodic SMP review, the City has begun the public process as outlined in the Public Participation Plan. The following is a tentative schedule and associated packets of that public process:

  • Planning Commission
    • Workshop - September 21, 2020
    • Workshop – October 19, 2020
    • Public Hearing - November 16, 2020
    • 2nd Public Hearing (if necessary) – January or February 2021
  • Formal Comment Period on Changes to SMP
    • October/November 2020 - 30-day comment period
  • City Council Decision
    • First quarter of 2021 (after Planning Commission process)

SMP Update Online Tool 

The City has developed a Online Tool to help share the information about this important update. Please click here to get access to that Tool.

The City of Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program is in the process of being updated. The City has reviewed the current SMP and has proposed amendments that will ensure consistency with existing State laws and rules, and with other enacted City plans and regulations. We invite you to review the proposed changes and provide feedback on the updates.

Comment on the proposed updates through our Online Engagement Tool!

We have created an online tool where you can comment on the proposed amendments and learn more about the update process. Check out the online engagement tool to learn more and to submit your comments through November 23. If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the project team

Project Overview

The City of Bremerton is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act. 

The Shoreline Master Program was created by the Washington Department of Ecology to help local jurisdictions protect lake, stream, wetland, and marine shorelines and their natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters ad shore, and plan for water-dependent users.  

The City plans to accomplish this goal through a “no net loss” approach. This approach is designed to stop the introduction of new negative impacts to shoreline ecological functions resulting from new development. Both protection of existing functions and restoration of impaired or lost functions are needed to achieve no net loss.

The City adopted its current SMP in 2012 with limited amendments in 2016. The focus of this periodic review is on consistency with changes to state law made since its adoption. The review will also address consistency with the City’s comprehensive plan and development regulations, and overall usability of the SMP. 

The City is looking for your input this fall once a new draft SMP is ready for review. 

Key Goals

The City of Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program seeks to: 
  • Circulation: Enhance the overall mobility of Bremerton Residents and visitors to and around shorelines without detracting from habitat functions or public access
  • Conservation and Restoration: Emphasize activities that restore and enhance ecological functions and environmental qualities in order to achieve no net loss of ecological functions 
  • Economic Development: Encourage development, redevelopment, and infill that will improve ecological functions, restore riparian buffers, and benefit the community.
  • Historical, Cultural, and Educational: To protect the public’s interest in the conservation, preservation, and restoration or buildings, sites, and areas having historical, cultural, scientific, or educational value.
  • Public Access: Improve public access to the shorelines wherever feasible, provided it will not adversely impact ecological functions.
  • Recreation: Protect and improve recreational opportunities consistent with community needs through the development of publicly owned shorelines.

SMP Timeline