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Long Beach Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

On July 5, 2017 the Department of Ecology approved Long Beach’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Long Beach’s shoreline program is July 19, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

Long Beach is updating their Shoreline Master Program to reflect the local vision for appropriate shoreline development in response to the state mandated comprehensive amendment of all Master Programs in the state. The proposed program would address uses and development along 2.5 miles of shoreline along the Pacific Ocean and would replace the city’s 1997 shoreline master program in its entirety. The updated Master Program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the City’s jurisdictional boundaries of the Shoreline Management Act; 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 June 15, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Long Beach with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held February 28, 2017 to March 30, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period as well as posting notice our web page and the agency’s public involvement calendar. We received two comment letters. Comments focused on concerns related to the city’s historic and future authority and ability to properly implement and enforce the SMP, floodplain mapping, protection of critical areas and site-specific issues.  On April 20, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and the city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

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


  • 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 Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Chinook Observer legal ads on July 19, 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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