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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 these changes.

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 Attachment B: Recommended changes (below).  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, 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.

Staff contact

Lennard Jordan, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

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