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Port Angeles Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On November 3, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Port Angeles’ Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Port Angeles’ shoreline program is November 17, 2014, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that its 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. The updated program will work in tandem with other city plans for redevelopment, public access and restoration in shoreline areas.  It also promotes conservation of native vegetation, provides stronger protection for wetlands in shoreline jurisdiction, and requires an assessment of legitimate need for new and replacement shoreline armoring while recognizing the city’s historic land use pattern.

On September 12, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided Port Angeles with required changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of its 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 March 11 - April 11, 2013. Ecology also held a public hearing where several interested parties testified.

Ecology used mail and/or email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 55 comments from 11 individuals. Comments focused on industrial and Port uses along the shoreline, shoreline environment designations (and particularly for the former Rayonier site), aquaculture, shoreline armoring and climate change. On April 19, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for its response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment C: Responsiveness Summary.

Port Angeles notified Ecology on October 22, 2014, that it accepted all of Ecology’s required changes, and proposed additional/alternative language. Ecology’s acceptance of the alternative clarifying language paved the way for the updated program to take effect.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted SMP

Ecology background documents

Port Angeles background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chrissy Bailey (see below), Washington Department of Ecology.


  • 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 Peninsula Daily News legal ads on November 12, 2014.

Staff contact

Chrissy Bailey
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

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