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Albion Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On January 23, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the Town of Albion Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Albion shoreline program is February 6, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the Town that their shoreline program was approved.

The current joint Town SMP was developed as a regional effort with Whitman County and was approved by Ecology in 1974. The 1974 SMP has never been comprehensively updated since that date.  This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the city’s shorelines over the past 42 years and to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices of the Town of Albion. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the Town’s existing SMP. This updated Shoreline Plan will regulate development along the Town’s river shoreline which encompasses the South Fork Palouse River within the Town’s jurisdiction, land within 200 of the ordinary high water mark of the river, and all associated wetlands. The updated SMP is a significant upgrade from the current 1974 SMP. Much has changed in Albion 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 Department of Ecology held a public comment period for the Albion SMP from June 8, 2016 to July 8, 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 no comments on the Albion SMP update

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff Contact

Lennard Jordan, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov
509-457-7125

Appeals

  • 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 February 9, 2017.

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