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Buckley Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 6, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Buckley’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Buckley’s shoreline program is June 20, 2013, fourteen days after Ecology provided notice to Buckley that their shoreline program was approved.

Buckley’s Shoreline Master Program was last updated in 1999. The program regulates just over three miles of the White River and the river’s associated wetlands. The White River is a shoreline of statewide significance. The updated shoreline program incorporates the three key policies of the Shoreline Management Act by fostering public access to publicly owned shorelands; prioritizing water-oriented uses that require a shoreland location; and protecting the ecological functions of the river system by restricting development to appropriate areas and requiring mitigation for unavoidable impacts.

The comprehensive update replaces the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. 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 March 27, 2013, Ecology provided Buckley with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in September 2012. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates. The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held November 1 – December 3, 2012. The City of Buckley accepted Ecology’s required and recommended changes on May 30, 2013, which resulted in Ecology’s final approval.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received one comment letter from a concerned citizen. Comments focused on the shoreline inventory and characterization report, which is a background document created as part of the update process. On December 7, 2012 Ecology sent a summary of comments to Buckley for their response. The public comments and city’s responses can be found in the  comment summary. No changes were proposed by Ecology to the locally adopted shoreline master program in response to these comments.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

City of Buckley’s locally adopted shoreline master program, July 23, 2012 (656 KB)

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Sarah Lukas, Washington State 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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald legal ads on June 26, 2013.

Staff contact

Sarah Lukas
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47600
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
(360) 407-7459

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