Shoreline Master Program

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) regulates uses and development along Lake Stevens and other waters of the state - Stich Lake, Catherine Creek, and Little Pilchuck Creek - as well as their shorelands, which are defined as areas within 200 feet of the ordinary high water mark (OHWM). The city adopted its first SMP in 2013, and completed a mandatory periodic review in 2018-2019. 

2022 SMP Update
City staff is proposing minor updates to the SMP as part of the 2022 Comprehensive Plan docket, to reflect the recent annexation of Lake Stevens and the Southeast Interlocal Annexation area as well as updates to reflect recent/current code work on permissible uses and nonconformities. Additional information will be posted to this website as it becomes available.

For more information, contact David Levitan at 

Periodic Review 2018-2019
The city completed a mandatory periodic review of our SMP in 2019. Staff reports and draft materials can be found below. 

January 9, 2019 Public Open House Presentation: Click here for staff's presentation
Planning Commission Meetings were held February 6 and 20, 2019. 
DRAFT SMP Update Report , Joint Hearing Staff ReportDraft SMP RegulationsProposed Map Designation Change 

Other supporting documents: