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Shoreline Master Programs

Westport Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 1, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved Westport’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Westport’s shoreline program is May 15, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

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 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 City of Westport’s Master Program contains goals, policies, and regulations for uses and development along shorelines of Grays Harbor and the Pacific Ocean. The proposed Master Program will completely replace the existing one which was last amended in 2013. This comprehensive update of the shoreline program will promote protection and restoration of the riparian habitat and recognize the City's historic land use pattern.

On March 27, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided Westport with 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 November 21 – December 23, 2016.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news blog to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of four comment letters from three different organizations and groups and one individual citizen. Comments focused on a wide variety of topics including aquaculture and vacation rentals. On December 28, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the City for their response. The public comments and City’s responses can be found below in the Response to Comments.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

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

Appeals

  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in The Daily World legal ads the week of May 22, 2017.

Staff contact

Sarah Cassal
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7600
Email: sarah.cassal@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-7459

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