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Pend Oreille County Shoreline Master Program: Limited Amendment

On August 11, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved a limited amendment to Pend Oreille County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the amended shoreline program is August 25, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The amendment was specifically designed to allow for the flexible reuse of buildings located within shoreline jurisdiction that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places or the Washington Heritage Register. While the Pend Oreille PUD No. 1 plans to nominate the Sullivan Creek Powerhouse for listing on the register, no buildings are currently on either register within the shorelands of Pend Oreille County.

If any buildings are listed, the amendment allows for reuse of the structures through the issuance of a shoreline conditional use permit (SCUP). The permit process would allow both the county and Ecology to thoroughly evaluate each proposal and condition the permit to avoid negative impacts to the shoreline environment.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology did not receive any comments on the proposed amendment.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

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


  • 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 Newport Miner legal ads on September 2, 2015.

Staff contact

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

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