Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program

Rule Making

Chapters 173-18, 173-20, 173-22, 173-26, 173-27 WAC
Shoreline Management Act (SMA) Rules

Timeline

Ecology is updating rules implementing the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), chapter 90.58 RCW.

To learn more about this rulemaking, see:

Date (date subject to change) Activity
September 2015 Announced rulemaking (filed CR-101 form).
September 2015 - June 2016
  • Received input on specific topic areas from a local government sounding board.
  • Offered consultation to tribes. Offered to meet with interested parties.
  • Developed preliminary draft rule. 
July - August 26, 2016
Release preliminary draft rule. Informal outreach and comment period. Amended draft in response to comments, prepared response summary.

March 1, 2017
Filed proposed rule (CR-102 form). Proposed rule text and supporting documents available.
April 2017 Shoreline Management Act (SMA) hearing dates, times, and locations:

April 5, 2017 - Lacey, Washington
Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA  98503
Time: 1:30 pm
Ecology will have a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session followed by the formal hearing.

April 6, 2017 - Bellevue, Washington
Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Ave SE
Bellevue, WA    98008
Time: 10:00 am
Ecology will have a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session followed by the formal hearing.

April 11, 2017 - Spokane, Washington
Spokane Public Library – Shadle Branch
2111 W Wellesley Avenue
Spokane, WA   99205
Time: 1:30 pm
Ecology will have a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session followed by the formal hearing.

April 13, 2017 - Union Gap, Washington
Department of Ecology, Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903-0009
Time: 10:00 am
Ecology will have a brief presentation, followed by a question and answer session followed by the formal hearing.
May 15,  2017
End of public comment period on proposed rule.
May - June 2017
Review comments and prepare the adoption package
We are here
August 7, 2017
Adopt rule and file CR-103.
September 7, 2017
Effective date of adopted rule.


ADDITIONAL RULE INFORMATION

CONTACT

Tim Gates
smarulemaking@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6522

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