City of Kent staff and interested community members are reviewing the rules that govern development on Kent’s shorelines, including the Green River, Panther Lake, Lake Meridian, Lake Fenwick and other large water bodies in the city.

The city will be holding an Open House on Nov. 5, 2018 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the Mill Creek Room at Kent Commons, and is also asking citizens to also provide feedback online.

The rules are contained in the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which carries out Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act. The goals of the SMP are to promote public access, emphasize water-dependent uses and protect natural resources and the character of shorelines.

Shoreline rules in the SMP apply to development on land within 200 feet of a listed shoreline. Development includes new or expanded structures (houses, sheds, decks, etc.); in-water structures (docks, boat launches, etc.); or any land clearing, dredging, filling or grading.

Cities are required by the state to review their SMP rules to make sure they are consistent with new state laws and any City codes or policies that have changed since the SMP rules were written.

“This review is a chance for the City and community members to suggest changes to the rules to make them work better or better meet the goals of the SMP,” said Danielle Butsick, senior long-range planner/GIS coordinator.

Residents can get involved by:

For more information about the review of the Shoreline Master Program, contact Danielle Butsick at [email protected] or 253-856-5443, or visit the project website at