Clallam County SMP Update

Starting Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, we will begin seeking public comment on Clallam County's proposed Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The county's proposed SMP will entirely replace Clallam County's 1976 SMP, last amended in 1992. The updated goals, policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions are locally tailored to reflect current conditions and community vision for future shoreline use and development. The updated SMP prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration, and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue.

SMP applies to more than 600 miles of county shorelines

Clallam County's SMP applies to approximately 131 miles of marine shoreline, 481 miles of river and creek shorelines, and six lakes totaling approximately 1,500 acres. County shorelines of statewide significance include the marine waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Pacific Ocean, as well as the Bogachiel, Calawah, Elwha, Quillayute, and Sol Duc Rivers. Many additional county shorelines along local rivers, creeks, and lakes are also covered by the SMP.

We will compare Clallam County's proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the SMP as is.
  • Approve the SMP with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the county with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Jan. 14, 2019
Closes: Feb. 28, 2019, at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comments. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Online via the E-Comment Form

By Mail:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF


Paper Copies are available for review, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Michelle McConnell

Clallam County
Department of Community Development
223 East Fourth Avenue, Suite 5
Port Angeles, Washington 98362
Steve Gray  

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the Clallam County response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.