RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
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).
Washington State Department of Ecology
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