Department of Ecology News Release - October 13, 2014

Updates to Douglas County shoreline plan considered

YAKIMA - The Washington Department of Ecology is seeking comment on amendments to Douglas County’s shoreline master program that incorporate recent changes to critical areas regulations and the county’s comprehensive plan. 

Proposed changes modify regulations related to boat mooring, common line setbacks, and view corridors. Revisions to the mooring section require piers, ramps, and floats to be consistent with state and federal standards without including specific local requirements.

Revisions to setback requirements will allow developers to build according to a common setback distance established by neighboring buildings. Standards related to maintenance and access to shoreline views will be brought into line with current codes.

These minor changes will affect how Douglas County administers its shoreline master program and are based on experience gained implementing the existing program, which was comprehensively updated in 2009.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Douglas County’s proposed shoreline master program amendments. 

Ecology will accept comments on the proposed limited amendments through Nov. 13, 2014. 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 98902-3452, by email to, or call 509-457-7125.

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Joye Redfield-Wilder, communications, 509-575-2610; @ecyCentral