Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) Updates

"Under the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), each city and county with "shorelines of the state" must prepare and adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that is based on state laws and rules but is tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. The local SMP is essentially a shoreline-specific combined comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and development permit system.  Most shoreline master programs were originally written between 1974 and 1978... Because many of the programs have not been fully updated for over 30 years, the 2003 state legislature required these local governments to fully (comprehensively) update their shoreline programs by 2014."  - WA Dept. of Ecology

Online Resources

An introduction to the Shoreline Management Act

Washington’s Shoreline Management Act

Shoreline Management Act laws and rules

A citizen guide to shoreline management

Shoreline master program handbook for local planners

Shoreline master program guidelines (2011)

Recommendations for Shoreline Master Plan updates

Status of Shoreline Master Plan updates

Clallam County 

Clallam County’s SMP website

Port Angeles site on SMP update

Port Angeles draft updated SMP

Sequim SMP website

Jefferson County 

Current Jefferson County SMP

Jefferson County’s website

Grays Harbor County

Grays Harbor County SMP Update Website

Grays Harbor County SMP

Grays Harbor County Estuary Plan

City of Aberdeen SMP (1989)

Pacific County

Pacific County SMP

Ilwaco Code

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