Palouse Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On March 2, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the City of
Palouse Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per
RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Palouse shoreline
program is March 16, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice
to the City that their shoreline program was approved.
The current joint City 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 city’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 City of Palouse. This
comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the
City’s existing SMP. This updated shoreline plan will regulate
development along the City’s shoreline which encompasses the
Palouse River within the City’s jurisdiction, land within 200 of
the ordinary high water mark of the river, and all associated
wetlands. The updated SMP is a significant upgrade from the
current 1974 SMP. Much has changed in Palouse over the last 42
years including development pressures, state laws and guidance,
and knowledge of best development and conservation practices.
The proposed SMP contains locally tailored shoreline management
policies, regulations, environmental designations, and
administrative provisions that have been updated to reflect
The Department of Ecology held a public comment period for the
Palouse SMP from June 8, 2016 to July 8, 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 one comment from
the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic
Preservation. Responses to comments have been incorporated into
Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below) and in
B: Recommended changes (below).
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF
If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact
Washington Department of Ecology.
- 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 Moscow-Pullman Daily News legal
ads on March 20, 2017.
Lennard Jordan, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
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