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Shoreline Master Programs

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

On April 10, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Cosmopolis’ Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Cosmopolis’ shoreline program is April 24, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

On July 25, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Hoquiam’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Hoquiam’s shoreline program is August 8, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

On August 23, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Aberdeen’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Aberdeen’s shoreline program is September 6, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

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.

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.

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.

Appeals

  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notices of final action in The Daily World legal ads the week of September 4, 2017.

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
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov

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