The City of Everett has about 25 miles of marine and freshwater shorelines. The beauty and recreational opportunities of the shoreline come with a responsibility to balance development in an urban setting with environmental protection and public access to Everett's shorelines. For shorelines of statewide significance (i.e., marine waters, Snohomish River and estuary, and Silver Lake), the state approved (October 2019) City of Everett Shoreline Master Program is the guiding document containing policies and regulations.
Shoreline Public Access Plan
The priorities addressed in the Shoreline Public Access Plan include providing more walking trails along the shorelines with conveniently located sitting areas at key points of interest and identifying shoreline trails and other public facilities with directional signs and maps. The focus is on improving trail connections wherever feasible.
Marshland Subarea Plan
The Marshland Subarea Plan is intended to create a conceptual plan for future restoration, land use, and infrastructure opportunities in the City of Everett’s eastern limits. Specifically, the plan identifies lands within the approximately 1,065-acre area1 adjacent to the Snohomish River project area that are suitable for agriculture, habitat restoration, and passive recreation as well as some additional residential development.