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Shoreline Master Programs

Montesano Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

Public Comment Requested - January 30, 2017 to March 1, 2017 at 5 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the City of Montesano’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program would replace the city’s 1993 shoreline program in its entirety and would address uses and development along approximately 5 miles of freshwater shoreline including the Chehalis and Wynoochee rivers, Sylvia Creek and Sylvia Lake.  The city’s new master program contains locally tailored shoreline policies, regulations, environment designations and administrative provisions.  The updated SMP includes improved habitat protection and encourages restoration.

Ecology will compare Montesano’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 City of Montesano 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: January 30, 2017
Closes: March 1, 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 1, 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

City of Montesano
112 North Main Street
Montesano, Washington 98563
Staff contact: Rocky Howard
Phone: 360-590-1833
Email: rhoward@montesano.us

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 City of Montesano’s response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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