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City of Sumas Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On September 21, 2017, we approved the City of Sumas (City) Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of City of Sumas SMP is October 5, 2017, 14 days after we provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

On November 29, 2016, we provided the City of Sumas with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held November 17 through December 19, 2014. Mail and email were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chad Yunge, 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 our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Lynden Tribune legal ads on October 11, 2017.

Staff contact

Chad Yunge
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
1440 10th Street, Suite 102
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Staff contact: Chad Yunge

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