Centralia Shoreline Master Program

On March 4, 2019, we approved the city of Centralia's comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Centralia's updated SMP takes effect March 18, 2019, 14 days after we provided notice to the city their SMP was approved.

The proposed SMP will entirely replace the city's existing SMP, last amended in 1982, and will guide development and activities along more than 11 miles of shoreline, including portions of the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers, Salzer Creek, and Plummer Lake. The program:

  • Prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the city's shoreline areas.
  • Identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a restoration plan.
  • Incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

Centralia is also pre-planning for its Urban Growth Areas.

The review process

On Aug. 22, 2018 we provided Centralia with required and recommended changes to the city's proposed comprehensive update of their SMP.

The required and recommended changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and input received during Ecology's public comment period. The period for public comment on Centralia's proposed comprehensive update to their SMP was from June 19 through July 19, 2018.

We used mail and email notices to notify interested parties about of the public comment period. We posted notice on our website's public input and events calendar. We received no public comments.

Documents related to approval

Note: all documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting our shoreline planner, Kim Van Zwalenburg.