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Woodway Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 9, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved the Town of Woodway’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Woodway’s shoreline program is May 23, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the town 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 April 11, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided Woodway with required and recommended changes to the town’s proposed update which was submitted to Ecology in August 2012. The changes were based on Ecology’s review of whether or not the proposed update complied with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held November 5 – December 7, 2012.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties about the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release and legal ad to encourage public participation and comment. We received a total of two individual comments from Paramount Petroleum and the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation. The comments addressed the proposed regulations for Point Wells and archaeological and historic preservation.

On December 11, 2012, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the town for their response. The public comments and town’s responses have been summarized in Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary, and incorporated into Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted SMP

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Bobbak Talebi, Washington State 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 Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in The Everett Herald legal ads on May 22, 2013.

Staff contact

Bobbak Talebi
Washington State Department of Ecology
Northwest Regional Office
3190 160th Avenue SE
Bellevue, Washington 98008-5452
(425) 649-7199

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