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Moses Lake Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update


On January 3, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Moses Lake’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the City’s shoreline program is January 17, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

This SMP update is needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the City’s shorelines since 1988 when the City reviewed the SMP, adopted in 1975. This update also provides consistency between the updated SMP Guidelines, current science regarding protection of shoreline resources, the City’s Comprehensive and Flood Management Plans, and the shoreline protection provisions of neighboring jurisdictions.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release and internet notices to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received five written comments, focused primarily on buffers established in the locally adopted SMP draft, and cultural resources issues.  On March 23, 2015, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response, which were then incorporated into required and recommended changes sent to the city on June 7, 2016. On July 22, 2016, Ecology received notice that the city chose to exercise its option to offer alternative language to Ecology’s requirements that achieves a similar outcome.  Ecology met with City representatives on several occasions, and together developed alternative language for the required changes of certain wetland buffers.

The City sent a letter to the Director dated November 8th, 2016, indicating it accepted all required and recommended changes, and provided a summary of its proposed alternative standards for certain wetland buffers. The complete alternative language was submitted to Ecology on November 18, 2016, and is included in this final approval, Attachment B: Addendum Alternative Proposed Required Changes.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

*Both the original and edited versions of this document were submitted by the City of Moses Lake as a part of the formal submittal package.

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Jeremy Sikes, 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 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 Columbia Basin Herald legal ads on January 12, 2017.

Staff contact

Jeremy Sikes
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Washington Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office

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