RELATED ECOLOGY 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
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting David Pater (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.
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