King, Pierce and Thurston Counties (among others) are each in the midst of updating their Shoreline Master Programs. SMPs consist of policies, goals and regulations for land use within shoreline areas, which includes Puget Sound shorelines, plus the shorelines of rivers and lakes of sufficient size. Such areas may extend beyond waterfront lots. Changes to SMPs can have tremendous impacts on how properties can be developed within shoreline areas, including how existing structures may be modified, so property owners in such areas have a vested interest in the update process.
The links below provide more official information on the respective county updates. If you have questions about how your property might be impacted by changes, or by existing restrictions, please do not hesitate to contact us.