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Appeals of local SMPs

If a jurisdiction is fully planning under the Growth Management Act, appeals of Ecology’s decision on an SMP are heard by the Growth Management Hearings Board. See RCW 90.58.190(2)(a).

Appeals of Ecology’s decisions on SMPs from jurisdictions not fully planning under GMA (critical areas ordinances only) are heard by the Shorelines Hearings Board. See RCW 90.58.190(3)(a).

Except when SMPs of non-GMA jurisdictions are appealed to the Shorelines Hearings Board, the SMP or amendment becomes effective locally immediately upon Ecology approval [WAC 173-26-120(8)].