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San Juan County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 5, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided San Juan County (County) with recommended changes to the County’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 July 22, 2016, to September 2, 2016.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology heard from over 50 commenter's. Comments covered a wide range of issues.

On September 28, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The public comments and County’s responses have been incorporated into a Responsiveness Summary. The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The recommended changes have been sent to the County for their review and response. The County may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the County and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

San Juan County is updating their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to include critical area protection in shoreline jurisdiction, shoreline re-designations, new non-conforming use and development language, and a new shoreline designation. The comprehensive update also revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Bob Fritzen, 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: Bob Fritzen
Email: bob.fritzen@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-715-5207

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