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Shoreline Master Programs

Lewis County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

On October 24, 2017 we approved Lewis County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Lewis County’s shoreline program is November 7, 2017, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The updated Master Program is locally tailored to reflect local conditions and will replace the county’s 1974 shoreline master program, last amended in 1998, in its entirety. The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The proposed program will address uses and development along the Nisqually, Chehalis, Deschutes and Cowlitz rivers, numerous tributaries and over 50 lakes. The master program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development; 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.

On August 29, 2017, we provided Lewis County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The changes were based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held February 14, 2017 to March 16, 2017.

Mail and email was used to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We also issued a blog post to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received one comment letter from Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Comments focused on DNR’s role in managing state-owned aquatic lands, interest in projects and mitigation proposals that may occur on these lands, aquatic vegetation management and the placement of fill. On March 21, 2017, we sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The comment summary and the county’s response have been incorporated into Attachment D (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg.


  • 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 Chronicle legal ads on November 7, 2017

Staff contact

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg, Regional Planner
Phone: 360-407-6520

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