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Shoreline Master Programs

Douglas County Shoreline Master Program: Limited Amendment

On October 9, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved Douglas County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) limited amendment. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Douglas County’s shoreline program is October 23, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The approved limited amendment revises the existing shoreline master program, including changes to include modifying regulations related to Prior Development and Nonconformance, Residential nonconforming uses, and the definition of appurtenant structure. One proposed amendment related to bulk and dimensional standards was not approved. These approved changes will affect how Douglas County administers its shoreline program and are based on experience gained implementing its existing SMP which was comprehensively updated in 2009.

The Final Decision is based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held March 30, 2015 – April 30, 2015.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We received multiple comments from individual citizens. Most comments received by Ecology on the County’s proposed SMP amendments were positive and in favor of approval of the amendments. On May 21, 2015, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The public comments the county’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment B, the Public Comment Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, 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 Douglas County Empire Press legal ads on October 22, 2015.

Staff contact

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903-0009
Email: Lennard.Jordan@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 509-457-7125

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