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Shoreline Master Programs

Whitman County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On October 25, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the Whitman County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Whitman County shoreline program is November 8, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the county’s existing SMP. This updated SMP will regulate development along the County’s shoreline which includes approximately 464 miles of river/stream shoreline and 40 miles of lake shoreline, land within 200 of the ordinary high water mark of these waterbodies, and associated wetlands.  Much has changed in Whitman County over the last 42 years including development pressures, state laws and guidance, and knowledge of best development and conservation practices. The proposed SMP contains locally tailored shoreline management policies, regulations, environmental designations, and administrative provisions that have been updated to reflect these changes. The proposed SMP includes a shoreline use and modification table for ease of implementation and policies and regulations that are consistent with local, state, and federal regulations.

The Department of Ecology held a public comment period for the Whitman County SMP from June 1, 2016 to July 1, 2016. Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology has received 2 written comments. Comments are focused on public access, property rights, and public utilities.

On July 19, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to Whitman County for their response. The public comments and county’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Zach Meyer, 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 Whitman County Gazette legal ads on November 10, 2016.

Staff contact

Zach Meyer, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

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