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West Richland Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 16, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved West Richland’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of West Richland’s SMP is March 1, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the West Richland 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 January 19, 2016 the Department of Ecology provided West Richland with required and recommended changes; 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 October 19 - November 20, 2015.

Ecology used mail and/or email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received one comment from an individual citizen. Comments focused public access concerns. On December 1, 2015, Ecology sent a comment summary city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been addressed accordingly in Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology (see 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 Tri-City Herald legal ads on March 3, 2016.

Staff contact

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-575-2490

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