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August 1, 2013 at 6:58 AM

Bellevue waterfront rules making waves

Shoreline Management Act must be updated

This is the South shoreline in Bellevue's Meydenbauer Bay. The shoreline plan the Bellevue Planning Commission sent to the City Council is facing some tough going. In 46 pages of comments, the state Department of Ecology -- which must approve the plan -- found numerous parts out of compliance with state law. Ecology also says the city pretty much broke off contact with it in 2011, when more property-rights-oriented people joined the commission. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

The shoreline plan the Bellevue Planning Commission sent to the City Council is facing some tough going. The state Department of Ecology, which must approve the plan, found numerous parts out of compliance with state law. Ecology also says the city pretty much broke off contact with it in 2011, when more property-rights-oriented people joined the commission. [Greg Gilbert, The Seattle Times.]

The article on Bellevue’s waterfront conflict reveals the uphill struggle in modernizing environmental regulation. [“Waves of concern over Bellevue waterfront rules,” page one, July 29.]

Bellevue’s waterfront demographic couldn’t be more complicated: Money and political influence meet a well-educated constituency of waterfront homeowners who certainly comprehend their unique stewardship responsibility.

Updating the Shoreline Management Act of 1971 is a debt well past due.

Will waterfront owners choose to serve a healthier Puget Sound ecology on our behalf? Or will they deny science, just to preserve the croquet court — all under the ruse of property rights?

Art James, Port Townsend

Comments | More in Environment, Politics, Seattle | Topics: bellevue, ecology, puget sound

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