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Shoreline Master Programs

Raymond Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

On July 27, 2017 the Department of Ecology approved Raymond’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Raymond’s shoreline program is August 10, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program replaces the city’s 1994 shoreline master program in its entirety and addresses uses and development along approximately 20 miles of shoreline including the Willapa River, South Fork Willapa River, Skidmore Slough and Ellis Slough.  The city’s new master program contains locally tailored shoreline policies, regulations, environment designations and administrative provisions.  The updated SMP also includes improved habitat protection measures and encourages restoration.

On June 15, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Raymond 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 February 7, 2017 to March 9, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a blog post to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received two comment letters from two state agencies, one of whom indicated no concerns.  Comments focused on provisions addressing archaeological resources.  On March 10, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The comments and the city’s response have been incorporated into Attachment D (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg, 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 Willapa Harbor Herald legal ads on August 23, 2017

Staff contact

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg, Regional Planner
Phone: 360-407-6520
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov

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