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Shoreline Master Programs

Aberdeen, Cosmopolis, and Hoquiam Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On March 27, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Aberdeen and Cosmopolis with required and recommended changes to the each city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

On March 29, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Hoquiam with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program.

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed updates comply with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held January 12, 2017 to February 13, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a blog post to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received one comment letter from Washington Department of Natural Resources. Comments focused on ensuring consultation with Natural Resources if projects occur in areas with state-owned aquatic lands.  On February 14, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to each city for their response. The comments and each city’s response have been incorporated into the respective Attachment A Findings and Conclusions (below).

The comprehensive updates will revise the existing shoreline programs, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the cities for their review and response. Each city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when each city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The updated Master Programs are locally tailored to reflect local conditions and would replace the 1975 shoreline master programs in their entirety.  The updated program prioritize water-oriented uses and development within each City’s jurisdictional boundaries of the Shoreline Management Act; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a Restoration Plan; and, incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

City of Aberdeen:

City of Cosmopolis:

City of Hoquiam:


If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff Contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg
Phone: 360-407-6520

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