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South Bend Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 1, 2017 the Department of Ecology approved South Bend’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of South Bend’s shoreline program is May 15, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensively updated master program will replace the city’s existing 1975 shoreline program entirely, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions.  The program is locally tailored and will address uses along seven miles of shoreline on the Willapa River, and Skidmore and Potter Sloughs.  The updated Master Program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the City’s shorelines; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a Restoration Plan; and, incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

On March 13, 2017, the Department of Ecology provided South Bend 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, 2016 to January 17, 2017.  The city agreed to these changes on April 25, 2017.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a blog post to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received a total of 2 individual comments from 2 state agencies. Comments focused on concerns related to the shoreline environment designation for the north side of the Willapa River as shown on the map in Appendix 1.  On January 18, 2017, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and the city’s response 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 Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington 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 Willapa Harbor Herald legal ads on May 17, 2017

Staff contact

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington Department of Ecology
Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

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