Shoreline Master Plan

UPDATE 8/24/2021
The following documents detail the amendments that have been made as part of the periodic review of the City's Shoreline Master Program.  This packet will be presented to PAB at its regular meeting on September 1st, 2021. 
PAB staff report  
Gap Analysis
Gap Analysis checklist
Sea Level Rise Assessment and Appendix 1, Appendix 2, Appendix 3 and Appendix 4 
Public hearing minutes and joint comment period comments
Department of Ecology Initial Determination and Amendments Table
Ordinance No. 1080
Final draft Shoreline Master Plan (August 2021)

UPDATE 4/7/2021
Final Determination of Non-significance

UPDATE 2/22/2021
SEPA Determination of Non-significance - The comment period ends on 3/8/2021
SEPA checklist and additional pages

UPDATE 2/19/2021
Here is a link to the updated draft Shoreline Master Plan and Appendix A Shoreline Environment Designation Map.
Here is a link to the Gap Analysis and Check list Attachment A

Background Documents
Environmental Science Associates Consulting., City of Langley Shoreline Master Program Update Draft Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report., June 2011
Environmental Science Associates Consulting., City of Langley Shoreline Master Program Update Draft Restoration Plan., July 2012
Environmental Science Associates Consulting. Cumulative Impacts Assessment, City of Langley Shoreline Master Program Update, May 2013

UPDATE 2/17/2021
Planning staff have prepared the following report regarding sea level rise and its implications for the City of Langley.  This is a background report recommends the inclusion of policies and regulations into the Shoreline Master Plan to guide adaptation planning in this area.
Draft City of Langley Sea Level Rise Strategy
Appendix I SLR Mapping-2050
Appendix II SLR Mapping-2100
Appendix III Comprehensive Plan Policies
Appendix IV FEMA Flood Zones
Appendix V Resources

UPDATE 10/14/2020

On October 3rd the Planning Department with community partners hosted an event to discuss Sea Level Rise and Coastal Planning.  You can review the presentations and list of resources on this page.


Give us your input
You are encouraged to review the Gap Analysis and provide us with your comments by October 26th.  See below.

UPDATE 10/2/2020
As part of the periodic review process DOE requires that a Gap Analysis be completed.  This analysis is one of the first steps in the process.  The purpose is to understand and summarize what parts of the Shoreline Master Plan may require or benefit from revisions.  Revisions may be needed to address changes to State regulation, City policies or regulations and community priorities.  A draft of the Gap Analysis has been completed by Watershed Co. and is available for review here.

The City is seeking comments on the Gap Analysis by 10/26/2020.  The Gap Analysis and other shoreline related matters will be discussed at the Planning Advisory Board's 11/2/2020 meeting.

UPDATE 9/11/2020
The Department of Ecology (DOE) requires that cities and counties prepare and adopt a Shoreline Master Plan (SMP).  

The City of Langley is updating its Shoreline Master Plan, and would like to incorporate climate change and sea level rise into the process. The first community meeting scheduled for Saturday, October 3, 2020 from 10am-12:30pm will be an educational and interactive workshop. Go to our SLR page.


The Shoreline Master Plan was approved by the Department of Ecology on December 20, 2013.  The Shoreline Management Act of 1971 (RCW 90.58) requires the City of Langley to update its Shoreline Master Plan by June 30, 2021. 

In January 2020 the City started the review process.  The City received a grant from the Department of Ecology and this grant is being used to hire Watershed Company a consulting firm with much experience in preparing shoreline master plans. 

A public participation plan has been prepared to guide the SMP update.  Here is the Langley's public participation plan.  The Planning Department will be sending out an initial notification email to key stakeholders to advise them of the process and to seek initial comments.