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Pasco Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On June 13, 2016, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Pasco with an approval of their proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The SMP has been approved as submitted, with no required changes. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Pasco shoreline program is June 27, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Pasco that their shoreline program was approved.

The Washington Department of Ecology held a public comment period on the City of Pasco’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was from February 11, 2016 to March 14, 2016.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 4 individual comments from 2 state agencies and 2 individual citizens. Comments targeted a variety of topics including; suggesting minor revisions, addressing concerns regarding management of the shoreline, and comments from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation suggesting revised language. On March 16, 2016, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the City of Pasco for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been addressed in Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below)

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This comprehensive update of the shoreline program will promote protection and restoration of the riparian habitat and recognize the city's historic land use pattern. Ecology has determined the proposed comprehensive SMP update, are consistent with Shoreline Management Act policy, the applicable guidelines and implementing rules.   

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

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


  • 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 Tri-Cities Herald legal ads on June 27, 2016.

Staff contact

Zach Meyer
Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

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