Cathlamet Shoreline Master Program

Conditional Approval

On June 17, 2019, we provided changes to the Town of Cathlamet on their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update.

The required and recommended changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held Oct. 25 through Nov. 30, 2017.

Both mail and email were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We also issued a blog post to encourage public participation and comment. We received one written comment letter that focused on fish and wildlife habitats and species. On Dec. 5, 2017, we sent a summary of comments to the town for their response. The public comment and the town's responses are provided as Attachment D and have been summarized in Attachment A.

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the town for their review and response. The town may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final approval will occur when we have reached agreement with the town on language that meets state requirements.

Cathlamet's current SMP has not been updated since the Town began implementing its SMP In 1975. Shorelines of the State in Cathlamet include approximately 2.3 miles of Columbia River, along Elochoman Slough and Cathlamet Channel. Cathlamet's update program will provide for redevelopment of the downtown waterfront, continuation of existing residential and commercial development, and for management of flood risk and shoreline critical areas. This comprehensive update of the SMP will promote public access, protection and restoration of riparian habitat, and recognize the Town's historic land use pattern.

Documents related to approval

Note: all documents are PDF, only maps and appendices specific to Cathlamet are shown.

If you have trouble accessing documents, please contact Michelle McConnell.