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Medical Lake Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Medical Lake’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Medical Lake’s shoreline program is March 1, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

On August 11, 2015, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Medical Lake with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The city accepted those changes on February 2, 2016.

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 March 3rd through April 1st, 2013.

Ecology found that the locally adopted draft, while complete, was difficult to follow, contained some outdated references, and was missing important sections. The City of Medical Lake had the desire to improve the locally adopted draft, but with only a part-time contract planner, did not have the capacity to re-work the program to improve usability. At their request, Ecology worked closely with city staff to reformat the entire plan, add missing critical areas elements, move portions of the inventory and characterization out of the regulation section, reformat the use compatibility and dimensional standards tables, and create a table of contents. City staff reviewed and concurred with the edits and reformatting, which were included as required or recommended changes in Ecology’s findings. Ecology also incorporated text edits the city proposed to address comments received during the state public comment period.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 7 individual comments from 3 organizations and individual citizens. Issues raised during the public comment period were primarily minor, and could be addressed through text edits to the locally adopted draft. The city and Ecology found that many of the substantive comments posed improvements to SMP clarity, and the city drafted text edits specific to each comment as warranted. Ecology sent all oral and written comments it received to the city on April 2, 2013. The city requested additional time to prepare its response to comments on May 9, 2013. On July 17, 2013, the city submitted to Ecology its responses to issues raised during the state comment period.  Having overlooked one comment, the city amended its responses on August 21, 2013. The public comments and the city and state’s responses have been incorporated into a Responsiveness Summary.

Note: All documents are PDF.

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Jeremy Sikes, Washington State 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 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 Spokesman Review legal ads on March 3, 2016

Staff contact

Jeremy Sikes
Washington State Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, Washington 99205
(509) 329-3426

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