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Shoreline Master Programs

Pacific County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - January 23, 2017 to February 22, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on Pacific County’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program would entirely replace the county’s existing master program originally adopted in 1975 and last amended in 2000. The master program addresses uses and development along roughly 680 miles of fresh water and 490 miles of salt water shoreline including the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay, numerous rivers and creeks including the Columbia, Willapa and North rivers and 10 lakes. The county’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 the Pacific County 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 county 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 23, 2017
Closes: February 22, 2017 at 5:00 pm

All interested parties are invited to provide comment about the proposed amendment 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
  Washington State Department of Ecology
Mailing address: Southwest Regional Office
  PO Box 47775
  Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
Street Address: 300 Desmond Drive
  Lacey, Washington 98503
Direct line: 360-407-6520


Ecology must receive comments no later than February 22, 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

Pacific County
Department of Community Development
Staff Contact: Tim Crose

South Bend office:
1216 W. Robert Bush Drive
South Bend, Washington 98586
Phone: 360-875-9356

Long Beach office:
7013 Sandridge Road
Long Beach, Washington 98631
Phone: 360-642-9382

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

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