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Port Orchard Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On March 14, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Port Orchard’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. 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 access and recreational opportunities for Port Orchard’s marine, riverine and lake shorelines.

On January 7, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Port Orchard with required changes to the City’s proposed update submitted to Ecology in July 2012. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates.

The changes were based upon Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complied with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held September 10 through October 10, 2012. Notices of the public comment period were published in the Port Orchard Independent. Ecology also notified over 300 organizations, tribal leaders, agencies, and other interested landowners within the City’s shoreline jurisdiction. No comments were received.

The City of Port Orchard notified Ecology on March 13, 2013 that they accepted the required changes. This allowed Ecology to approve the updated program. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Port Orchard’s shoreline program is March 28, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Port Orchard that their shoreline program was approved.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Port Orchard's locally adopted program

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Barbara Nightingale, with Washington State 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 Port Orchard Independent legal ads on March 29, 2013.  

Staff contact

Barbara Nightingale
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-4309

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