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Sequim Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On November 25, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Sequim’s comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Sequim is the first of the cities within Clallam County to complete adoption of their comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the updated program takes effect December 9, 2013. Appeals of Ecology’s approval of Sequim’s updated shoreline program may be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board. See Appeals (below) for details.

The city’s updated program will provide significant improvements in the protection, use, development, and restoration of approximately 5,000 feet of marine shoreline. It also will promote the protection and restoration of shoreline habitat, accommodate historic land use patterns, and support shoreline public parks. The program combines local plans for future shoreline development and preservation with new shoreline development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

On September 9, 2013, Ecology provided Sequim with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed update, which was submitted to Ecology in December 2012. The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complied with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held February 6 – March 11, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We received comments from Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation and from the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe. Comments focused mostly on archaeological and cultural resource management and shoreline restoration opportunities. On March 29, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to Sequim for their response. The public comments and responses were incorporated into Ecology’s Attachment C: Recommended Changes (below) and the Responsiveness Summary. These changes were needed to meet state law and requirements for shoreline program updates.

On October 31, 2013, the city agreed to most of the required and recommended changes, and offered alternative language for others. Final Ecology approval has occurred now that the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state law and other requirements.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted program

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Jeffree Stewart (see below), with 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 both the Sequim Gazzette and Peninsula Daily legal ads December 11, 2013.

Staff contact

Jeffree Stewart
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
(360) 407-6521

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