Department of Ecology News Release - November 1, 2012
OLYMPIA – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on the city of Buckley’s proposed updated shoreline master program.
The draft shoreline program update will guide construction and development along the city’s three miles of White River shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.
Buckley’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 Buckley’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. About 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 Buckley’s proposed shoreline program through Dec. 3, 2012. Comments and questions may be addressed to Sarah Lukas, Department of Ecology, Southwest Regional Office, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775. Email Lukas at email@example.com, or call (360) 407-7459.
Buckley’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 Buckley to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Buckley’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.
Buckley’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.
Linda Kent, Ecology media relations, 360-407-6239; 306-791-9830 (cell); firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information:
Ecology’s Buckley’s proposed shoreline master program (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/buckley.html)
Shoreline master programs (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/index.html)
City of Buckley’s website (http://www.cityofbuckley.com/documents/Building%20and%20Planning.html)
Our Living Shorelines web portal (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html)
Ecology’s social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)
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