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Everson Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

We approved the City of Everson’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update on October 2, 2017. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Everson’s shoreline program is October 16, 2017, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

On June 20, 2017, we provided the City of Everson with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held January 3 – February 2, 2017. We used mail to notify interested parties of the public comment period and also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 2 individual comments from 2 organizations. Comments focused on the protection of historic and archaeological resources and state-owned aquatic lands. On February 7, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D (Below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Chad Yunge, 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 our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Lynden Tribune legal ads on October 11, 2017.

Staff contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Staff contact: Chad Yunge
Phone: 360-715-5200

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