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Benton City Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 24, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved Benton City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Benton City’s shoreline program is March 10, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city 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. Shorelines in Benton City include about 2.5 miles of Yakima River shoreline. Benton City’s updated program will help to prevent environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protects people’s access to public land and waters.

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 7, 2015, the Department of Ecology provided Benton City with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program.

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 September 8 – October 13, 2014.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. Ecology did not receive any comments.

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 (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.


  • 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 10, 2015.

Staff contact:

Lennard Jordan
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903-0009

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