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(1) The City has designated shorelines pursuant to Chapter 90.58 RCW by defining them, providing criteria for their identification, and establishing shoreline ecological functions to be protected. Project proponents are responsible for determining whether a shoreline exists and is regulated pursuant to this SMP. The SMP classifies the City’s shoreline into eight shoreline environment designations consistent with the purpose and designation criteria as follows:

(a) Aquatic;

(b) Natural;

(c) Urban conservancy;

(d) Public flood protection;

(e) Recreation;

(f) High intensity – Industrial;

(g) High intensity – Mixed use;

(h) Shoreline residential.

(2) Official Shoreline Maps. Shoreline area designations are delineated on a map by reach and subreach (SR), hereby incorporated as a part of this SMP (PMC 29.35.170), and shall be known as the Official Shoreline Map. Maps indicating the extent of shoreline jurisdiction and shoreline designations are to be used in conjunction with the most current scientific and technical information available, field investigations, and on site surveys to accurately establish the location and extent of shoreline jurisdiction when a project is proposed.

(3) Unmapped or Undesignated Shorelines. All areas meeting the definition of a shoreline of the state or a Shoreline of Statewide Significance, whether mapped or not, are subject to the provisions of this SMP.

(4) Interpretation of Environment Designation Boundaries.

(a) Whenever existing physical features are inconsistent with boundaries on the Official Shoreline Map, the Shoreline Administrator shall interpret the boundaries. Appeals of such interpretations may be filed pursuant to PMC 29.35.120, Appeals.

(b) All shoreline areas waterward of the OHWM shall be designated aquatic.

(c) Only one shoreline area designation shall apply to a given shoreland area. In the case of parallel designations, designations shall be divided along an identified linear feature. Such linear features shall be clearly noted in the metadata associated with the Official Shoreline Map.

(d) All areas within shorelines that are not mapped and/or designated are automatically assigned an urban conservancy designation.

(e) Environment designations for shorelines within the UGA will be effective immediately upon annexation of the area into the City limits. [Ord. 4314 § 2, 2016; Code 1970 § 29.01.100.]