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Raymond Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update  

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).

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The proposed Shoreline Master Program would replace the city’s 1994 shoreline master program in its entirety and would address uses and development along approximately 20 miles of shoreline including the Willapa River, South Fork Willapa River, Skidmore Slough and Elk Creek. 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.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington Department of Ecology.

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

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