Shoreline Planning


Shoreline Master Program 

Lake Ballinger, a treasured community resource, is the center-piece of Mountlake Terrace’s Shoreline Master Program. The Program guides how the shoreline and uplands are developed and managed. Under the Shoreline Management Act, each city and county with "Shorelines of statewide significance" must adopt a shoreline management plan. While the plan is to be based on state laws and rules, it must be tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. Lake Ballinger is the only shoreline in Mountlake Terrace that is a shoreline of state significance. 

The Shoreline Master Program, more commonly called the Shoreline Plan, was updated and adopted in November 2013. The Shoreline Plan contains the rules and standards necessary to define and regulate allowed uses on, and abutting to, the Lake Ballinger shoreline. Please click on Maps for the areas under the jurisdiction of shoreline management. 

The Shoreline Plan is to be reviewed and, as needed, updated at least every five years. A review considers changes in state law, effectiveness of the adopted Plan and consistency with any changes to the Comprehensive Plan. The update process also considers events and current local interests in the community since the adoption of the Plan.

  2019 Meetings  
  • February 25    Community Open House (6-7PM)
  • February 25    Planning Commission Review
  • March 25        Planning Commission Recommendation to City Council
  • March-April   Comment period for Ecology and Public
  • April 11           City Council work/study session
  • April 15           City Council Public Hearing to adopt a SMP Resolution
  • June 13           City Council work/study session
  • June 17           City Council adopts SMP plan and Ordinance

For more information about the Shoreline Plan Update contact:

Edith Duttlinger

, Senior Planner or call 425-744-6279.