Clallam County SMP update

Conditional approval

On March 29, 2021 we provided Clallam County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (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 our public comment period. The period for public comment on Clallam’s proposed comprehensive update to their SMP was open from Jan.14 through Feb. 28, 2019.

We used mail and email to notify stakeholders and those who had expressed prior interest. we received thirteen written comment letters. Comments focused on a variety of issues, including aquaculture, buffers, climate change, critical areas, habitat protection, mitigation, no net loss, restoration, stabilization, tribal treaty rights, vegetation conservation, and other topics. The county’s responses to issues raised are incorporated in the Attachment D Responsiveness Summary


The comprehensive update will revise the existing SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the County for their review and response.

The proposed SMP will entirely replace the County’s 1976 program, last amended in 1992. The SMP applies to approximately 131 miles of marine shoreline, 481 miles of rivers and creeks 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.

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 master program prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF