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Shoreline Master Programs

Ilwaco Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

Public Comment Requested - April 25, 2017 to May 25, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on Ilwaco's proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

Ilwaco is located at the mouth of the Columbia River. The proposed shoreline program will guide construction and development along the city’s 8.2 miles of shorelines including the Columbia and Wallacut rivers, Black Lake and the Pacific Ocean. The proposed program would replace the city’s existing 1975 shoreline master program in its entirety and prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the City’s shoreline areas; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a Restoration Plan; and, incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.  

Ecology will compare Ilwaco’s proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, Ecology will decide whether to:

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

Learn more: Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs

Public comment period

Opens: April 25, 2017
Closes: May 25, 2017 at 5 p.m.


All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Regional Planner: Kim Van Zwalenburg
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Mailing address: Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
Street Address: 300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
Direct line: 360-407-6520


Comments must be received no later than May 25, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg, Regional Planner
Phone: 360-407-6520
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov

Ilwaco City Hall
120 First Avenue North
Ilwaco, Washington 98624
Staff contact: Holly Beller, Treasurer
Phone: 360-642-3145
Email: treasurer@ilwaco-wa.gov

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the Ilwaco response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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