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Cle Elum Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On July 26, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Cle Elum Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Cle Elum shoreline program is August 9, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

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 SMP Guidelines contained in WAC 173-26 and 27. The city has been administering Kittitas County’s SMP which was approved by Ecology in 1975 and was last amended in 1992. The SMP has never been comprehensively amended. This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the city’s shorelines over the past 40 years and to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices provided by the city’s Critical Areas Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan. On December 8, 2015, the Department of Ecology provided Kittitas County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

On June 15, 2016, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Cle Elum with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The Washington Department of Ecology held a public comment period on Cle Elum’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was January 27 - February 29, 2015.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology received three written comments. Comments were focused on archaeological and historical resources and public access.

On March 1, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the City of Cle Elum for their response. The public comments and city's responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Zach Meyer, Washington Department of Ecology (see below).


  • 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 Ellensburg Daily Record and Northern Kittitas County Tribune legal ads on August 11, 2016.

Staff contact

Zach Meyer
Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

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