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Chelan Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On November 30, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Chelan’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the City of Chelan’s shoreline program is December 14, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the city’s existing Shoreline Plan. This updated SMP will manage Lake Chelan and the Chelan River within the city limits.   The updated Shoreline Plan is a significant upgrade of the 1975 SMP.   Since 1975, much has changed along Lake Chelan’s shorelines, including development pressures, state laws and guidance, and knowledge of best development and conservation practices.  

The proposed amendment is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for a comprehensive update of the city’s local Shoreline Master Program pursuant to RCW 90.58.080 and 100.  This amendment is also needed for compliance with the planning and procedural requirements of the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines contained in WAC 173-26 and 27. The original city Shoreline Plan was approved by Ecology in 1975 and has never been comprehensively updated.  This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the city’s shorelines over the past 41 years and to provide consistency between the updated Shoreline Plan and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices provided by the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance, Zoning Ordinance, and Comprehensive Plan.

On October 25, 2016, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Chelan with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held April 27 – May 1, 2016.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received comments from the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Comments generally provided suggestions for alternative language to sections of the SMP. On June 7, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below) and in Attachments B and C (below).  


Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Lake Chelan Mirror legal ads on December 7, 2016.

Staff contact

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

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