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Malden Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 26, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the Town of Malden Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Malden shoreline program is May 10, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the Town that their shoreline program was approved.

The current joint Town SMP was developed as a regional effort with Whitman County and was approved by Ecology in 1974. The 1974 SMP has never been comprehensively updated since that date.  This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the Town’s shorelines over the past 42 years and to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices of the Town of Malden. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the Town’s existing SMP. This updated SMP will regulate development along the Town’s river shoreline which encompasses the Pine Creek within the Town’s jurisdiction, land within 200 of the ordinary high water mark of the creek, and all associated wetlands. The updated SMP is a significant upgrade from the current 1974 SMP. The proposed SMP contains locally tailored shoreline management policies, regulations, environmental designations, and administrative provisions that have been updated to reflect these changes.

The Department of Ecology held a public comment period for the Malden SMP from August 24, 2016 to September 26, 2016. 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. Ecology has received no comments on the Malden SMP update.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Lennard Jordan, Washington 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 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 Whitman County Gazette legal ads on May 18, 2017.

Staff contact

Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98504-7775
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-457-7125

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