RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
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.
Lennard Jordan, Regional Planner
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