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Shoreline Master Programs

Oak Harbor Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On January 10, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved Oak Harbor’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Oak Harbor’s shoreline program is January 24, 2014, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Oak Harbor that their shoreline program was approved.

Oak Harbor’s locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas by preserving wetland habitat, reserve appropriate areas for water-dependent uses, and protect the public’s right to access public land and waters. This updated shoreline master program will guide construction and development in the city’s 13 miles of marine shoreline including Oak and Crescent Harbors. 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 recreation opportunities.

On October 1, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Oak Harbor with required changes to the city’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in January 2013. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates.

The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held March 8 – April 8, 2013.

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. We received a total of five individual comments from one citizen and a state agency. Comments focused on archeological resources and the Freund Marsh tide gate. On April 16, 2013 Ecology sent a summary of comments to Oak Harbor for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into a public comment summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted shoreline program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater (see below), Washington State 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 a notice of final action in the Whidbey News Times legal ads on January 25, 2014.

Staff contact

David Pater
Washington State Department of Ecology, Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-4253

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