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.