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Shoreline Master Programs

Blaine Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - January 3, 2017 to February 2, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the City of Blaine’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

Shorelines within the city include Drayton Harbor, Semiahmoo Bay along with tidally-influenced portions of California and Dakota Creeks. The updated shoreline program will promote protection and restoration of riparian habitats while incorporating the city’s existing Wharf District and Semiahmoo master plans.

 Ecology will compare Blaine's proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, Ecology will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Learn more: Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs

Public comment period

Opens: January 3, 2017
Closes: February 2, 2017 at 5:00 pm

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Chad Yunge, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 201
Bellingham, Washington 98225

Comments must be received no later than February 2, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Chad Yunge, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Staff contact: Chad Yunge
Phone: 360-715-5200

City of Blaine
Community Development Services Department
435 Martin Street, Suite 3000
Blaine, Washington 98230
Staff contact: Michael Jones
Phone: 360-543-9978

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the city's response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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