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Pullman Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 23, 2017, the Department of Ecology (Ecology) approved the City of Pullman Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Pullman shoreline program is March 9th, 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 Pullman. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the City’s existing SMP. This updated SMP will regulate development along the Town’s river shoreline which encompasses the South Fork 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 Pullman 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 Pullman SMP from July 27, 2016 to August 26, 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 Lands Council to encourage more planting of trees and shrubs along the South Fork of the Palouse River. The comment was noted by the City.


Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.

Staff Contact

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington  98903
Phone: 509-457-7125


  • 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 13, 2017.

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