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Shoreline Master Programs

Tumwater Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 4, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Tumwater’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Tumwater’s shoreline program is April 18, 2014, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that its 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 establishes five Shoreline Environment Designations (SEDs) to recognize the variety of character across shoreline areas in Tumwater. It also establishes setbacks from the ordinary high water mark for different types of water oriented uses and development, establishes minimum habitat buffer widths for lakes under shoreline jurisdiction, and supports appropriate redevelopment of the former Olympia brewery properties along the lower Deschutes River and Capitol Lake.

On January 29, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Tumwater with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of its 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. A public comment period was held July 30 through August 29, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received no comments within the public comment period. Comments from the Washington State Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation were received the day after the public comment period closed, and focused on language regarding historic and cultural sites, uses, and activities within shoreline jurisdiction. The city is not required to respond to these comments in writing because they were received after the close of the public comment period.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

City of Tumwater proposed Shoreline Master Program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Chrissy Bailey (see below), Washington State Department of Ecology.


  • 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 Olympia legal ads on April 20, 2014.

Staff contact

Chrissy Bailey
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, Washington 98503
Phone: (360) 407-6300

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