Clallam County SMP update

Final approval

On August 18, 2021, we approved the Clallam County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update.

Clallam County’s updated SMP is effective Sept. 1, 2021, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update entirely replaces the existing SMP, last amended in 1992. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

The updated SMP will guide development and activities along 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. 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.

On March 29, 2021, we provided Clallam County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their SMP. The 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 Jan. 14 through Feb. 28, 2019.

Mail and email notices were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period and to encourage public participation and comment. A total of 13 comment submittals were received from three individuals and 13 organizations or agencies. 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. On April 10, 2019, we sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The public comments and county responses to issues raised are incorporated in the Attachment D Responsiveness Summary.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF