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Shoreline Master Programs

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

Public Comment Requested - January 12, 2017 to February 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the proposed Shoreline Master Program updates for the cities of Aberdeen, Cosmopolis and Hoquiam. These three cities worked collaboratively to complete the comprehensive update working under the same grant and co-authoring documents including: an inventory, characterization and analysis report; a regional restoration plan; a public participation plan; and a cumulative impacts analysis and no-net-loss report. Each city has locally adopted and submitted their shoreline master program to Ecology for review and approval.

The three cities lie at the mouth of the Chehalis River in Grays Harbor. The updated Master Programs will regulate development and uses in and along these Cities’ shorelines.  Combined, there are 7,467 acres and 85 miles of shoreline associated with stream, lake, and marine waterbodies meeting the definition of shorelines of the state within the three cities.

The shorelines of Aberdeen include: Grays Harbor, the Chehalis River, Lake Aberdeen, the Wishkah River, Wedekind Creek, the Wynoochee River, Charley Creek, and Newskah Creek. There are 1,868 acres and 39 miles of shoreline in Aberdeen.

The city of Cosmopolis’ only shoreline is the Chehalis River. There are 300 acres and 7 miles of shoreline in Cosmopolis.

The shorelines of Hoquiam include: Grays Harbor, the East Fork Hoquiam River, the Hoquiam River, the Little Hoquiam River, and the lower segment of Fry Creek. There are 5,296 acres and 39 miles of shoreline in Hoquiam.

Ecology will compare each of the three cities' proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Learn more: Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs

Public comment period

Opens: January 12, 2017
Closes: February 13, 2017 at 5:00 pm


All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775 

Comments must be received no later than February 13, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF


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


Paper copies are available at the following locations:

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

Aberdeen City Hall
200 E. Market Street
Aberdeen, Washington 98520
Staff Contact: Lisa Scott
Phone: 360-537-3238

Cosmopolis City Hall
1300 1st Street
Cosmopolis, Washington 98537
Staff Contact: Darren Raines
Phone: 360-533-4280

Hoquiam City Hall
609 8th Street
Hoquiam, Washington 98550
Staff contact: Brian Shay
Phone: 360-538-3983

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the city's response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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