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Shoreline Master Programs

Toledo Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On February 16, 2017, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Toledo’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Toledo’s shoreline program is March 2, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the City that the shoreline program had been approved.

The SMP, the City’s first, will replace the existing shoreline program for the City that is now part of the Lewis County SMP. The City’s SMP will regulate development along approximately 4,300 feet of shoreline along the west side of the Cowlitz River. The Cowlitz River is a shoreline of statewide significance in this area. The new master program contains locally tailored shoreline management policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions as well as critical areas regulations to manage shoreline development throughout the City’s shoreline jurisdiction.

On November 18, 2016, Ecology provided the City of Toledo 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 the proposed update’s compliance with state laws and rules. The City has agreed with all of Ecology’s required and recommended changes.

Ecology held a public comment period on the proposed SMP from March 25 – April 25, 2016.  Ecology notified interested parties of the public comment period through mail and email. We received one comment letter from the Washington Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation.  DAHP suggested changes to the SMP policies and regulations on cultural and archaeological resources.  On April 28, 2016, Ecology sent the comments to the City for its response. A brief summary of the public comments and the City’s response have been incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions and Attachment C: Recommended Changes.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Betty Renkor, Washington Department of Ecology.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, appeals of the Shoreline Master Program may be filed with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.  See the Board’s Appeal Process web page for more information or call 360-664-9170.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in The Chronicle legal ads on February 28, 2017.

Staff contact

Betty Renkor
Washington Department of Ecology
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
email: betty.renkor@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-7469

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