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South Bend Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

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.

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).

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

The updated Master Program is locally tailored to reflect local conditions and would replace the city’s 1975 shoreline master program in its entirety.  The updated Master Program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the City’s jurisdictional boundaries of the Shoreline Management Act; 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.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington Department of Ecology.

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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