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Shoreline Master Programs

Goldendale Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - March 1, 2017 to April 3, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the City of Goldendale’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program. The City of Goldendale in Klickitat County has shoreline along the Little Klickitat River.

The City of Goldendale is updating their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to reflect the local vision for appropriate shoreline development, public shoreline access, and environmental protection as required by the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58). The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This updated SMP increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

Ecology will compare the Goldendale 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: March 1, 2017
Closes: April 3, 2017 at 5:00 pm


All interested parties are invited to provide comment about the proposed amendment 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:

Regional Planner: Lennard Jordan
  Washington State Department of Ecology
Mailing address: Central Regional Office
  1250 West Alder Street
  Union Gap, Washington 98903
Direct line: 509-457-7125


Ecology must receive comments no later than April 3, 2017 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following location:

Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington  98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-457-7125

City of Goldendale
Public Works Department
1103 South Columbus Avenue
Goldendale, Washington 98620
Staff Contact: Karl Enyeart, PE
Phone: 509-773-3771


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 response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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