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Morton Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Morton Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Morton’s shoreline program is June 19, 2017, 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 protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

On May 4, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Morton 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 December 12, 2016 to January 11, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a blog to encourage additional public participation and comment. No comments were received regarding the Morton shoreline program comprehensive update.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Sarah Cassal, Washington Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), 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 East County Journal legal ads the week of June 26, 2017.

Staff contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Sarah Cassal
Phone: 360-407-7459

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