Department of Ecology Statement - April 27, 2016

Comment on city of Chelan’s updated shoreline plan

CHELAN – A program to manage shorelines within the city of Chelan is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

The city has relied on the existing city shoreline regulations that were adopted in 1975. The city began updating its shoreline master program in 2008 to align it with new state rules and current shoreline conditions.

The city adopted its updated shoreline plan last November and then submitted it to Ecology. Before approving, Ecology will take public comments into consideration and may identify modifications to meet the state’s Shoreline Management Act. Once approved, the local shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along the city’s shorelines. It combines local plans for future development and preservation with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

Comments will be accepted through May 31, 2016. Comments and questions should be addressed to Lennard Jordan, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 1250 W Alder St, Union Gap, WA 98903, or by email to For information, call 509-457-7125.

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