Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive Update & Periodic Review
Starting in 2014, the County has completed most of the required process for a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Comprehensive Update and the April 2022 Draft SMP (Resolution 53-22) is now pending state review and final approval.
The County is now conducting a related but separate Periodic Review of its SMP, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58.080(4). The SMA requires each local SMP be reviewed, and revised if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature. The review ensures the SMP stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other Wahkiakum County plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data. Where the comprehensive update was a complete overhaul and rewrite, the periodic review is focused on specific issues of consistency as well as any new local considerations, as identified by Ecology’s Periodic Review Checklist and Checklist Guidance. The review process will determine if revisions to the Draft SMP are needed or if it’s adequate as proposed. Public involvement is important and the County will use a variety of methods to inform, engage, and encourage input from residents and other stakeholders. This project webpage will be the main location for project status, events, and related documents – check back often!
11/17/22 - Planning Commission Meeting - Finalize project scoping consideration of survey results and draft checklist.
Wahkiakum County has decided to put the review process on hold until further notice.
Check the website for future events
The County recently invited public input through a month-long SMP Community Survey. We are no longer accepting survey answers. To view the blank survey click here. The survey was open from 9/22/22 to 10/21/22 and was available in both online and paper formats. The survey was publicized on this webpage, to the SMP Email List, at the September 22, 2022 Planning Commission open house and advertised in the Wahkiakum County Eagle newspaper. The survey was designed to help increase awareness about the Draft SMP and to provide an opportunity to helping scope the Periodic Review process; the survey was not intended as a rigorous research effort. The survey is now closed and the County received twelve submissions. To see the compiled survey results click here.