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City of Nooksack Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On December 18, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Nooksack’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the City of Nooksack’s shoreline program is January 1, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City of Nooksack 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. 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 access and recreational opportunities.

On November 2, 2015, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Nooksack with required and recommended changes to the City of Nooksack’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (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 November 17 to December 19, 2014. 

Ecology used mail to notify interested parties of the public comment period and received comments from one organization. Comments focused on the protection of archaeological and cultural resources during construction activities. On December 29, 2014, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the City of Nooksack for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted SMP

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chad Yunge (see Staff contact, below), Washington Department of Ecology.


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 Bellingham Herald legal ads on January 4, 2016.

Staff contact

Chad Yunge
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 201
Bellingham, Washington 98225

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