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Lincoln County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 9, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Lincoln County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Lincoln County’s shoreline program is May 23rd, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the County that their shoreline program was approved.

The County’s current SMP was approved by Ecology in 1975. The 1975 SMP has never been comprehensively updated since that date. This SMP update is needed to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices of the County. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the County’s existing SMP. The comprehensive update revises the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This updated SMP increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities. This updated SMP will regulate development along the County’s shoreline which include four rivers and streams and 37 lakes. Five of these water bodies are considered shorelines of statewide significance, including the Columbia River, Crab Creek, Spokane River, Sprague Lake and Long Lake Reservoir. 

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology (See Staff contact, below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Davenport Times legal ads on May 18, 2017.

Staff contact

Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington  98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-457-7125

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