Department of Ecology News Release - October 6, 2015

Olympia shoreline program receives final approval
Public process complete on comprehensive update

OLYMPIA – Following a public process for input and review, a comprehensive update to Olympia’s shoreline master program has been approved by the Washington Department of Ecology.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program for approximately 30 miles of shoreline within the city and its Urban Growth Area, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The finalized program includes shorelines along Percival Creek, Capitol Lake, Chambers Lake, and Budd Inlet.

The approval comes after public meetings, comments from the public and a review by Ecology staff. In April 2015, Ecology provided the city with required and recommended changes to the program, which were included in the updated program prior to final approval.

The updated program goes into effect Oct. 8, 2015, following the notification of approval sent to the city Sept. 24.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve each local shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 200 Washington cities and counties are updating or crafting their shoreline programs, or have recently done so.


Chase Gallagher, communications, 360-407-6239, @ECYSW