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Richland Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 19, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Richland’s (City) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Richland SMP is May 3, 2016, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The City of Richland has completed a comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program to regulate development and uses on the shorelines of the City. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the City’s existing SMP. The update is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for a comprehensive update of the local Shoreline Master Program pursuant to RCW 90.58.080 and 100. This amendment is also needed for compliance with the planning and procedural requirements of the SMP Guidelines contained in WAC 173-26 and 27. This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along Richland’s shorelines over the past many  years and to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices provided by the City’s Critical Areas Ordinance and Comprehensive Plan.

On February 19, 2016, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Richland with required and recommended changes to the City’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held December 15, 2014 - January 20, 2015.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. On February 11, 2015, Ecology sent a summary of comments to Richland for their response. The City's response to issues raised during the state comment period was received by Ecology on November 24, 2015. The public comments and City’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Zach Meyer, Washington Department of Ecology (see 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 May 3, 2016.

Staff contact

Zach Meyer
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903-0009
Phone: 509-454-3619

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