RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Tekoa Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On April 25, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Tekoa Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of the Palouse shoreline program is May 9th, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that their shoreline program was approved.
The current joint City SMP was developed as a regional effort with Whitman County and was approved by Ecology in 1974. The 1974 SMP has never been comprehensively updated since that date. This SMP update is also needed to address land use changes that have occurred along the city’s shorelines over the past 42 years and to provide consistency between the updated SMP and the environmental protection and land use management policies and practices of the City of Tekoa. This comprehensive SMP update is intended to entirely replace the City’s existing SMP. This updated SMP will regulate development along the City’s shoreline which encompasses Hangman Creek within the City’s jurisdiction, land within 200 of the ordinary high water mark of the Creek, and all associated wetlands. The updated SMP is a significant upgrade from the current 1974 SMP. The proposed SMP contains locally tailored shoreline management policies, regulations, environmental designations, and administrative provisions that have been updated to reflect these changes.
The Department of Ecology held a public comment period for the Tekoa SMP from June 15, 2016 to July 15, 2016. Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology has received one comment from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. Responses to comments have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below) and in Attachment B: Recommended changes (below).
Documents related to approval
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If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.
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