RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Lewis County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
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 are 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.
We used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period and 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).
The updated Master Program is locally tailored to reflect local conditions and would replace the county’s 1974 shoreline master program, last amended in 1998, in its entirety. The proposed Shoreline Master Program would 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.
The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the county for their review and response. The county may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final approval will occur when the county and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.
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