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Cowlitz County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public comment period is closed

The Washington Department of Ecology held a public comment period on Cowlitz County’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was from April 4 to May 4, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a blog to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received six written comment letters. Comments cover an array of topics including state owned aquatic lands, shoreline environment designations, shoreline permit requirements, and flood hazard reduction regulations to name a few.

Response to public comment

Ecology has prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to the county on May 11, 2017. The county has written responses to the comments, and they are available here.

Next steps: Ecology's decision

Ecology will decide if the county’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Ecology will decide whether to:

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

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available.  Please check back.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.


Staff contact

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Sarah Cassal
Phone: 360-407-7459

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