Department of Ecology News Release - October 15, 2012

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Ecology starts review of Fife shoreline program update, seeks public comment

OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Fife’s recently updated shoreline master program.

The proposed updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development along the city’s six miles of stream shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Fife’s locally-tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect the public’s right to public lands and waters.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Fife’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 200 cities and counties statewide are in the process or soon will be updating or crafting their master programs.

Ecology will accept public comment on Fife’s proposed shoreline program through Nov. 15. Comments and questions should be addressed to Kim Van Zwalenburg, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Email to kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov or call 360-407-6520.

Fife’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

After the public comment period is done, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline master program as written, reject it or direct Fife to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Fife’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Fife’s proposed updated master program:

All of Washington’s cities and counties with regulated shorelines must update their programs by December 2014. They are following regulations adopted by Ecology in 2003. The regulations resulted from a negotiated settlement between 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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