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Shoreline Master Programs

San Juan County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On October 16, 2017, we approved San Juan County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the San Juan County shoreline program is Oct. 30, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program to include the protection of critical areas within shoreline jurisdiction, adds new non-conforming use and development language, and re-designates and adds new shoreline area designations. The update also revises the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, definitions and administrative procedures. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

On April 5, 2017, we provided San Juan County with recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The recommend changes were based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with the state laws and rules, and a public comment period held July 22, 2016 to Sept. 2, 2016.

Mail and e-mail were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period and we received over 50 comments that focused on a wide variety of topics.   On Sept. 28, 2016, we sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The public comments and county responses have been incorporated into a Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Chad Yunge, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington 98504-7600
Staff contact: Chad Yunge
Email: chad.yunge@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-715-5206

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