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Poulsbo’s SMP approved (updated)

February 25th, 2013 at Mon, 25th, 2013 at 5:23 pm by Michelle Beahm

The City of Poulsbo received approval of its Shoreline Management Program plan from the Department of Ecology Feb. 13, Mayor Becky Erickson announced. The city submitted the plan for approval in May.

The plan takes effect tomorrow, Feb. 28, and state law allows 60 days for an appeal to be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board.

The city last updated the SMP in 1976. The rules apply to new development, substantial redevelopment and land-use changes proposed within the shoreline area. City planner Keri Weaver said the shoreline buffer, at 125 feet, is now the same as the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance, which was updated and adopted in 2008.

Michelle Beahm covers the Poulsbo and North Kitsap beat for the North Kitsap Herald. Check the Poulsbo Beat for information about events around the city. Have a news tip, email

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