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Published on Friday, March 10, 2017

Ecology proposes clarifications to shoreline procedural rules

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is seeking public comments on proposed changes to state procedural rules for managing shorelines.

The proposed rules:

  • Define procedures for counties and cities to comply with a legislative requirement to periodically review local shoreline master programs (SMPs) on a repeating eight-year cycle. The first round of reviews are due June 2019.
  • Outline a new optional process for amending SMPs that reduces duplication by consolidating local and state comment periods.
  • Incorporate recent legislative enactments and adopt other “housekeeping” changes.

Ecology developed the rules with help from a local government sounding board, and held a public comment period on a preliminary draft last summer.

Ecology will accept comments through May 15, 2017. Comments also will be accepted during public hearings in April:

  • April 5: 1:30 pm at Ecology’s Headquarters, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey.
  • April 6: 10 am at Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue.
  • April 11: 1:30 pm Spokane Shadle Branch Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Avenue, Spokane.
  • April 13: 10 am at Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap.

The proposed rule and instructions for submitting comments are here.

For information, contact Tim Gates, (360) 407-6522, or email smarulemaking@ecy.wa.gov.