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Ruston Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On July 18, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Ruston’s Shoreline Master Program comprehensive update. The effective date of Ruston’s shoreline program is August 1, 2013, 14 days after Ecology’s provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

This is the first comprehensive update of Ruston’s shoreline program since 1974, and revises the goals, policies and regulations, shoreline environment designations and administrative procedures. The updated program will guide development and habitat restoration along a portion of Commencement Bay.

On May 28, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Ruston with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their shoreline program. The city agreed to the state’s changes, which cleared the way for final approval.

The required and recommended changes were based on Ecology’s review of the city’s October 2012 proposal and whether or not it complied with state laws and rules, and the results of a public comment period held January 7 – February 6, 2013. Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties and issued a news release to encourage public comment. Ecology received two comments focused on public access, concern over how specific provisions may affect the existing master development agreement in place on the former ASARCO site, and the city’s public process. The comments and the city’s response are incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary, below.

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.


  • 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 News Tribune legal ads on July 31, 2013.

Staff contact

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
(360) 407-6520

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