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Shoreline Master Programs

Cathlamet Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - October 25, 2017 to November 30, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on the Town of Cathlamet’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program will entirely replace the Town’s original 1975 program. The updated goals, policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions are locally tailored to reflect current conditions and community vision for future shoreline use and development. The master program applies to approximately 3 miles of Columbia River waterfront along the Elochoman Slough and Cathlamet Channel. The updated SMP prioritizes water-oriented uses, habitat protection, public access, and ecological restoration and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue.

We will compare Town of Cathlamet's proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the Town of Cathlamet 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: October 25, 2017
Closes: November 30, 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:

Michelle McConnell, Shorelines Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office - SEA Program
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than November 30, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF. Only maps and appendices specific to Cathlamet are shown.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Michelle McConnell, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available for viewing, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Michelle McConnell
Phone: 360--407-6349

Cathlamet Town Hall
375 2nd Street
Cathlamet, Washington 98612
Staff contact: Kerrie McNally, Clerk
Phone: 360-795-3203

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 Town of Cathlamet's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.

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