Washington State Department of Ecology - June 27, 2013

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City of Millwood proposed shoreline master program under review

SPOKANE – The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on the city of Millwood’s proposed comprehensive update of its shoreline master program. The updated shoreline master program will influence development along the Spokane River shoreline within city limits.
 
Millwood residents and businesses helped the city tailor a program that protects existing shoreline functions while enhancing public access. The program emphasizes the importance of maintaining the current mix of residential and industrial uses that occupy the shorelines.
 
Ecology will accept public comment on the city’s proposed shoreline program through 5 p.m.   July 29, 2013. Comments and questions should be sent to Jaime Short, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Eastern Regional Office, 4601 N. Monroe St., Spokane, Wash. 99205.  Email Short at jaime.short@ecy.wa.gov or call 509-329-3411.
 
View Millwood’s proposed shoreline program and related documents at:

After the public comment period is done, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or direct Millwood to modify specific parts. Once approved by Ecology, Millwood’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.
 
Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve the city’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.
     
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 among 58 different parties including business interests, ports, environmental groups, shoreline user groups, cities and counties, Ecology and the courts.

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Media Contacts:

Brook Beeler, communications manager, 509-329-3478, brook.beeler@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

The city of Millwood's proposed shoreline program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/Millwood.html)

More about shoreline master programs (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/index.html)

Our Living Shorelines web portal (www.ecy.wa.gov/livingshorelines/index.html)

Ecology's social media (www.ecy.wa.gov/about/newmedia.html)