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Kelso Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 21, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the city of Kelso’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Kelso’s shoreline program is May 5, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that its 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.

On April 1, 2016, the Department of Ecology provided the city of Kelso with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of its SMP. 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 1 – October 1, 2015.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest about the public comment period. Ecology received three sets of written comments. Comments focused on methods of measuring shoreline buffers, in-lieu fee mitigation language, dock and pier grating, public access on dikes and levees, and maximum heights of dikes and levees. On October 6, 2015, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for its response. The public comments and the city’s and Ecology’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D, Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chrissy Bailey, Washington Department of Ecology (see below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in The Daily News legal ads on May 5, 2016.

Staff contact

Chrissy Bailey
Washington Department of Ecology
PO Box 47600
Olympia, Washington 98504-7600
Phone: 360-407-6781

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