Bremerton Shoreline Master Program Update

Project Update

The City of Bremerton’s Shoreline Master Program is being updated. The City is currently reviewing the last SMP update and looking for areas that need adjustment to be brought up to current laws.  Members of our technical team are reviewing the past SMP now to understand what needs to be updated to meet our goals as a city.

The City of Bremerton will be reaching out this fall once the review is complete and a new draft is ready for public review. We hope you can visit our open house or online open house this fall and share your thoughts.  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