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Shoreline Master Programs

Shoreline Master Program Update Schedule

The Washington State Legislature defines the schedule for updating local shoreline master programs in the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58.080).

  • Cities and counties were to have completed a comprehensive update by December 2014, with an opportunity for a one year extension. Ecology and local governments are working to complete these updates.
  • Cities and counties must do a periodic review of their shoreline programs at least once every eight years after the comprehensive update. The shoreline program periodic review is synchronized with the Growth Management Act (GMA) compliance cycle for comprehensive land use planning.
  • Local governments may develop or amend shoreline programs prior to the dates established in state law.

Comprehensive update schedule

City or County Due Date

Early Adopters: Bellingham, Everett, Port Townsend, Snohomish County and Whatcom County

December 1, 2005

Early Adopters: King County and cities within the county of more than 10,000 population

December 1, 2009

Clallam, Clark, Jefferson, Kitsap, Pierce, Snohomish, Thurston, and Whatcom counties and cities within these counties; and King County cities with less than 10,000 population

December 1, 2011

Cowlitz, Island, Lewis, Mason, San Juan, Skagit and Skamania counties and cities within these counties

December 1, 2012

Benton, Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Spokane and Yakima counties and cities within these counties

December 1, 2013

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Orielle, Stevens, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla and Whitman counties and the cities within these counties

December 1, 2014

Periodic review schedule

City or County Due Date

King, Pierce and Snohomish counties and cities within these counties

On or before June 30, 2019, and every 8 years thereafter

Clallam, Clark, Island, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, San Juan, Skagit, Thurston, and Whatcom counties and cities within these counties

On or before June 30, 2020, and every 8 years thereafter

Benton, Chelan, Cowlitz, Douglas, Grant, Kittitas, Lewis, Skamania, Spokane and Yakima counties and cities within these counties

On or before June 30, 2021, and every 8 years thereafter

Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Ferry, Franklin, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Klickitat, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pacific, Pend Orielle, Stevens, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, and Whitman counties and the cities within these counties

On or before June 30, 2022, and every 8 years thereafter

SMA and GMA update cycles

 map and timetable of SMA and GMA cycle

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