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Locally Approved Shoreline Master Program (LA-SMP)

NOTE:  The LA-SMP is not currently in effect; it is undergoing the final adoption process with the State and County.

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621 Sheridan Street
Port Townsend,
WA 98368

Phone: 360.379.4450
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Page Created 10/22/2009   Page Updated 7/12/2011

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State Review & Approval

PLEASE NOTE:  The County is considering 63 possible changes to the Locally Approved SMP in response to Ecology's conditional approval.  

Also the state-wide comment period is closed, the County's Responsiveness Summary submitted, and find answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).  Learn more at the State Review & Approval page.


Locally Approved SMP Submitted to Ecology

Acting on previous direction from the Board of County Commissioners, staff sent the Locally Approved SMP submittal packet to WA Dept. of Ecology on March 1, 2010. Below are the documents included as part of the submittal packet:

The next step in the State approval process is for Ecology to determine the submittal complete and set the dates for the State public comment period and public hearing.  This website will be updated when those details become available.  Or join the email list to keep informed on this project.   

Board Takes Action to Locally Approve SMP

The Board of County Commissioners took formal action by resolution on December 7, 2009 to locally approve the SMP for submittal to the WA Dept. of Ecology for the final review and adoption process.  The provisions of the Locally Approved SMP don't take effect until final adoption by the state and the Board, currently anticipated for no sooner than Spring 2010.  The following documents are available below for review and download:

PLEASE NOTE:  The County is currently considering 63 possible changes to the Locally Approved SMP in response to Ecology's conditional approval.  Go to the State Review & Approval page.

DRAFT Locally Approved SMP & Project Timeline

After the Board's thorough and detailed review of the Planning Commission proposal, they directed staff to make numerous revisions.  The extra time spent in deliberations led the Board to consider requesting another WA Dept. of Ecology grant contract timeline extension to December 31.  A revised schedule will be available once approved.  A revised schedule was approved by the Board on 10/26/09, who also directed staff to complete the final edits requested, prepare a resolution for local approval, and send a letter to Ecology requesting the timeline extension.

The 10-22-09 DRAFT Locally Approved SMP document was provided to the Board for final review before taking action by resolution.  Local approval by the Board indicates they are ready to adopt the SMP by ordinance upon Ecology's approval.

All changes made to the Planning Commission Final Draft SMP in preparing the Locally Approved SMP were catalogued in the following documents:

Return to the SMP Formal Review page.

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