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Bainbridge Island SMP Update: Environment Designations Draft

Bainbridge Island SMP Update: Environment Designations Draft

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SMP Citizens Task ForceDraft Environment Designation Policies
Urban Environment
Shoreline Residential Environment
Island Conservancy Environment (including Residential and Recreational)
Natural Environment
Aquatic Environment
Aquatic Conservancy Environment
A. General
The Master Program establishes six shoreline environments based on a combination of existingshoreline features and conditions and intended types of existing and potential future use. Whenapplied to geographic areas of the island, these environments form an overlay for applyingshoreline considerations to the City's land use regulations. Uses which are consistent with aparticular environment are encouraged, while uses which are in conflict are discouraged or prohibited. A conditional use process is available when further review is needed to determinewhether the use is compatible with the particular environment at the proposed site. Table 4.1provides a summary of uses in relation to the various shoreline environments designations.Existing uses and activities which are incompatible with their shoreline environmentdesignations are subject to provisions for nonconforming shoreline uses and structures. (SeeSection VII.)
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Designation Criteria
Areas to be designated Urban should meet one or more of the following criteria:1. Shorelines used or designated for high intensity commercial, industrial, or recreationaluse, or for multifamily residential development.2. Shorelines of lower intensity use, where surrounding land use is urban and urban servicesare available or planned for higher intensity use under the comprehensive plan.3. Shorelines used for water-oriented and port activitiesShorelines to be designated Urban should not have biophysical limitations to development suchas floodplains, steep slopes, slide hazard areas, marshes, bogs, swamps, and/or other sensitiveareas.
Management Policies
1. Priority should be given to water dependent, water related, and water enjoyment usesover other uses. Uses which derive minimal benefit from a water location should bediscouraged or prohibited. Non-wateroriented uses should be allowed only if the use isotherwise compatible with the purpose of the environment and the setting, does notdisplace water-dependent uses, and results in no net loss of ecological functions.2. Assure no net loss of shoreline ecological functions as a result of new development and toestablish environmental cleanup and restoration of the shoreline that complies with anyrelevant state and federal law.3. Because urban use tends to preclude other shoreline uses, emphasis should be given todirecting new development into already developed areas consistent with the Master Program.4. Full utilization of existing urban areas should be achieved before additional areas aredesignated Urban.5. Visual and physical public access should be required and implemented where feasible.Where possible, industrial and commercial facilities should be designed to permitpedestrian waterfront activities. Planning for the acquisition of land for permanent publicaccess to the water in the Urban environment should be encouraged and implemented.6. To protect shoreline character and promote compatible development within the Urbanenvironment, aesthetic considerations should be actively promoted by mechanisms suchas sign control regulations, appropriate development siting, screening and architecturalstandards, flexible lot design process, and through the maintenance of shorelinevegetation conservation and management zones.7. In order to make maximum use of the available shoreline resource and to accommodatefuture water-dependent uses, the redevelopment and restoration for a net ecosystemimprovement of substandard or degraded urban shoreline areas should be encouraged.8. Developments within the Urban environment should be compatible with uses andactivities in adjacent, including aquatic, environments.
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C. Shoreline Residential Environment
The purpose of the “Shoreline Residential” environment is to provide for residentialdevelopment and appurtenant structures that are consistent with the Shoreline Management Act,while protecting existing natural resources, ecological functions and restoring ecologicalfunctions in previously degraded areas of the environment. An additional purpose is to provideappropriate public access and recreational uses.
Designation Criteria
Areas to be designated Shoreline Residential should meet one or more of the following criteria:1. Areas presently developed or platted for residential uses.2. Areas zoned for residential development.3. Areas having the physical ability to support low to medium density residential uses andassociated recreational and public service facilities.4. Areas which can provide, and have the capabilities to support, the necessary publicservices, utilities, and access to accommodate low to medium density development.Sewage disposal and water supply facilities may be provided on an individual or community basis.
Management Policies
1. Establish policies and regulations addressing minimum frontage width, setbacks, lotcoverage limitations, buffers, shoreline stabilization, vegetation conservation, critical areaprotection, and water quality for development and new uses to assure no net loss of shoreline ecological functions.2. New developments should be permitted only in those shoreline areas that are capable of supporting the proposed use in a manner which protects or enhances the shorelineenvironment, and reflects the character of the surrounding area such as providing openspace or maintaining shoreline vegetation buffers.3. Public access to shorelines should be required for multiple family residences, apartments,and large subdivisions. Common access for small, single-family residential subdivisionsshould be encouraged and should be required where feasible.4. Recreational developments should provide shoreline areas for community or public openspace and public access.5. Access, utilities and public services should be available and adequate to serve existingneeds and planned future development.6. Developments within the “Shoreline Residential” environment should be compatible withuses and activities in adjacent, including aquatic, environments.7. Intense development should be prohibited and commercial uses are intended to beaccessory uses that are limited to water-oriented uses.8. Encourage restoration of shoreline ecological functions through non regulatory programs.
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