Critical Areas Regulations and Shoreline Master Program Update

The Planning Commission has developed a preliminary draft of the revised critical area regulations, along with revisions to the City's Comprehensive Plan Shoreline Sub-Element and shoreline regulations.

To view the drafts, click on the item listed below:

Revised Definitions

General Provisions and Wetland Regulations

Stream and Lake Regulations

Streams and Wetlands Map

Fish and Wildlife Habitats of Importance

Geologically Hazardous Areas - Geologically Hazardous Areas Map

Flood Hazard Areas

Groundwater Susceptibility Areas - Groundwater Susceptibility Map

Shoreline Policies - SMP Environment Designations Map LU-12

Shoreline Regulations  - Shoreline Environment Designations Map

Other Related Zoning Code Sections


A public hearing on these amendments is scheduled for Tuesday, March 26, 2019, 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council Chambers, 1812068th Ave NE.  Click here to see the invitation.


The Planning Commission is currently reviewing the City's critical areas regulations and Shoreline Master Program.  These regulations, part of the Kenmore Municipal Code, were last addressed in 2012.  The Fact Sheet provides more information about the project.  The update must be completed by June 30, 2019.

The City's consultants have prepared a "Gap Analysis", including recommending revisions to the critical area regulations and Shoreline Master Program based on recent court cases, advances in best available science, and consistency with state law.  Other suggestions in the analysis support clarity and ease of use of the City's code.  Click here to read the Gap Analysis.

Click here to review the Planning Commission's agenda materials for this project.  Consideration of the specific Comprehensive Plan and Code amendments began with the October 16, 2018 agenda.

To have your name added to the email mailing list, or if you have questions about the project, please contact Lauri Anderson,, 425-398-8900.

Last updated: Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:20am