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 p.m. at Ecology’s Headquarters, 300 Desmond Drive SE, Lacey.
April 6: 10:00 a.m. at Ecology’s Northwest Regional Office, 3190 160th Ave. SE, Bellevue.
April 11: 1:30 p.m. Spokane Shadle Branch Public Library, 2111 W Wellesley Avenue, Spokane.
April 13: 10:00 a.m. at Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 1250 West Alder Street, Union Gap.
The proposed rule and instructions for submitting comments are at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/rules/1506docs.html
For information, contact Tim Gates, (360) 407-6522, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.