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Millwood Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 17, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Millwood’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Millwood’s shoreline program May 1, 2014, fourteen (14) days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases the protection of water quality and provides more certainty for redevelopment.

On March 14, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided Millwood with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complied with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held June 27 – July 29, 2013.

Ecology used mail and/or 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 comment letter from one organization; Futurewise. The comments from Futurewise were overall supportive of the plan with a few specific recommendations for change in the areas of public access, the shoreline vegetated buffers, and the restoration plan. On August 1, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and the city’s responses are located in Millwood’s Compilation of Public Comments (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Jaime Short (see below), Washington State 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 Spokesman-Review legal ads on April 30, 2014.

Staff contact

Jeremy Sikes
Washington Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, Washington 99205

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