RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Gold Bar Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On February 27, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Gold Bar Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. 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 recreation opportunities. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Gold Bar’s shoreline program is March 13, 2014, 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. Gold Bar’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by managing existing and future residential development and intact river and creek buffers through the vegetation conservation standards and the incorporated critical areas regulations, and protect the public’s right to access public land and waters. This updated program will guide construction and development on the city’s 4.82 linear miles of shoreline along the Wallace and Skykomish rivers, and May Creek.
On January 10, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided Gold Bar with required changes to the city’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in June 2013. 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 September 24, 2013 to October 24, 2013.
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. We received a total of
fourteen individual comments from three citizens. Comments
focused on shoreline impacts, recreation, and implementation of
local regulations and lack of public outreach. On November 1,
2013 Ecology sent a summary of comments to Gold Bar for their
response. The public comments and city’s responses have been
incorporated into a
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater, Washington State Department of Ecology (see below).
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