Washington State Department of Ecology - November 5, 2013

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Comment sought on Leavenworth’s shoreline update

YAKIMA - The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comment on Leavenworth’s recently updated shoreline master program as it begins review of the document adopted by the city council on Jan. 22, 2013.

Leavenworth’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 land and waters.

The proposed updated shoreline program will guide construction and development in the city’s 5,000 feet of shoreline. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Ecology will accept comment on Leavenworth’s proposed shoreline program through Dec. 16, 2013. Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98902 or by email to Lennard.Jordan@ecy.wa.gov. For information, call 509-457-7125.

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

Ecology may approve Leavenworth’s proposed shoreline program as written, reject it, or identify specific provisions that need modification to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Once approved by Ecology, Leavenworth’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

Leavenworth’s proposed updated master program:

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Media Contact: Joye Redfield-Wilder, 509-575-2610; 509-961-6277; joye.redfield-wilder@ecy.wa.gov

For more information:

Ecology’s website for Leavenworth’s proposed shoreline master program (www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/leavenworth.html)

City of Leavenworth’s website (www.cityofleavenworth.com/city-government/development-services-department/)

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)