Chapter 16.38


16.38.010    Shorelines jurisdiction and official shoreline map.

16.38.020    Shoreline of statewide significance.

16.38.010 Shorelines jurisdiction and official shoreline map.

A. The map filed in the city clerk’s office and marked Attachment “C” to Ordinance No. 1633 and adopted May 12, 2020, constitutes the shoreline environment designation (SED) map for the city of Bonney Lake. The map referenced herein supersedes all previously adopted maps.

B. The adopted SED map is intended to depict only the approximate location and extent of the shoreline jurisdiction. The actual extent of the shoreline jurisdiction shall be based on the following:

1. The Lake Tapps reservoir and Fennel Creek, its underlying land and those lands extending landward for 200 feet in all directions as measured on a horizontal plane from the OHWM.

2. Where an associated wetland boundary extends beyond the area depicted on the shoreline environment designation map, the additional wetland area shall be designated the same shoreline environment as the adjoining wetland area located on the shoreline map.

3. Buffer areas for critical areas located greater than 200 feet from the OHWM shall not be within the shoreline jurisdiction.

C. Interpretation of Shoreline Environment Designations. The following shall be used to interpret the boundary of a SED:

1. Where a shoreline environment designation boundary is indicated as approximately following a property line, the property line is the shoreline environment designation boundary.

2. Where a shoreline environment designation boundary is indicated as following a street, the midpoint of the street right-of-way is the shoreline environment designation boundary.

3. The aquatic SED boundary extends into the Lake Tapps reservoir to the full limit and territorial extent of the police power, jurisdiction and control of the city of Bonney Lake.

4. Where a right-of-way is vacated, the area comprising the vacated right-of-way will acquire the SED of the property to which it reverts.

5. All areas within shoreline jurisdiction that are not mapped or designated are automatically assigned a natural SED until the shoreline is redesignated through an amendment to the SMP approved by DOE. (Ord. 1633 § 17, 2020; Ord. 1491 § 7, 2014).

16.38.020 Shoreline of statewide significance.

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) designated certain shoreline areas as shorelines of statewide significance. Shorelines thus designated are important to the entire state because these shorelines are major resources from which all people in the state derive benefit. Within the city of Bonney Lake’s jurisdiction, Lake Tapps is a shoreline of statewide significance and as such preference shall be given uses that:

A. Recognize and protect the statewide interest over local interest;

B. Preserve the natural character of the shoreline;

C. Result in long-term over short-term benefit;

D. Protect the resources and ecology of the shoreline;

E. Increase public access to publicly owned areas of the shorelines;

F. Increase recreational opportunities for the public in the shoreline; and

G. Provide for any other element as defined in RCW 90.58.100 deemed appropriate or necessary. (Ord. 1491 § 7, 2014).