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The following goal and policies address the ability of the public to reach, touch, view, and travel on Lake Washington and to view the water and the shoreline from public places

GOAL

Increase and enhance public access to and along the Mercer Island Shoreline where appropriate and consistent with public interest, provided public safety, private property rights, and unique or fragile areas are not adversely affected.

POLICIES

(1) Public access to and along the water’s edge should be consistent with the public safety, private property rights, and conservation of unique or fragile areas.

(2) Public access to and along the water’s edge should be available in publicly owned shoreline areas.

(3) When substantial modifications or additions are proposed to substantial developments, the developer should be encouraged to provide for public access to and along the water’s edge if physically feasible provided that no private property be taken involuntarily without due compensation.

(4) In new developments on the shoreline, the water’s edge should be kept free of buildings.

(5) Where publicly owned shoreline areas are available for public pedestrian pathways, these should be developed as close to the water’s edge as reasonable.

(6) Views of the shoreline and water from shoreline and upland areas should be preserved and enhanced. Enhancement of views should not be construed to mean excessive removal of vegetation.

(7) Rights-of-way on the shoreline should be made available for public access where appropriate.

(8) Access onto shoreline public street ends should be enhanced.

(9) Consideration should be given to the handicapped, disabled, and elderly when developing public access to shoreline areas.