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Sedro-Woolley Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 31, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved Sedro-Woolley’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Sedro-Woolley shoreline program is June 14, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their 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. 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 March 12, 2015, the Department of Ecology provided Sedro-Woolley with required and recommended changes; required 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 December 19, 2014 to January 23, 2015. Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. We received no comments.  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Bob Fritzen, Washington Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).


  • 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 Skagit Valley Herold legal ads on June 14, 2016.

Staff contact

Bob Fritzen
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington  98225
Phone: 360-715-5200

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