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

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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.

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

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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.

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The proposed rule and instructions for submitting comments are at http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/rules/1506docs.html

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