Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Grants
In December, 2003, the Department of Ecology adopted new Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. By 2014, over 260 towns, cities and counties in Washington must update their Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs) to be consistent with the new guidelines. Local master programs regulate new development and use of shorelines along rivers and larger streams, lakes over 20 acres, and marine waters within their jurisdictions. Ecology provides grants to towns, cities and counties to fund the development of comprehensive SMP updates.
The 2011-2013 SMP Grants Program award process is underway. The legislature appropriated funds sufficient to award grants to all jurisdictions that are required to update SMPs by December 2013 and to complete all other updates that began during the previous biennium. This includes all remaining Puget Sound cities and counties finishing their updates.
Ecology has completed an assessment of relevant factors (shoreline length, shoreline complexity, population, growth rate, etc.) and made funding decisions for the 2011-2013 biennium. We’ve contacted all eligible jurisdictions to inform them of grant fund amounts and availability.
Ecology anticipates that each local Shoreline Master Program update will take three years to complete. Grants awarded from the 2011-2013 biennium budget will cover the first two years of work, with the final year to be funded in the subsequent biennium.
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