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Shoreline Master Programs

Lewis County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

Public Comment Requested - February 14, 2017 to March 16, 2017 at 5 p.m.

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

The proposed Shoreline Master Program would address uses and development along the Nisqually, Chehalis, Deschutes and Cowlitz rivers, numerous tributaries and 34 lakes. 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 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.

Ecology will compare Lewis County’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 the county 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: February 14, 2017
Closes: March 16, 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 March 16, 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

Lewis County
2025 NE Kresky Avenue
Chehalis, WA 98532
Staff contact: Fred Evander
Phone: 360-740-1146
Email: Fred.Evander@lewiscountywa.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 County’s response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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