Clark County Shoreline Master Program Amendment

On April 19, 2019, we approved Clark County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) amendment. Clark County's amended SMP is effective May 3, 2019, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their amendment was approved.

The amendment to the SMP will:

  • Incorporate the county's most recent critical areas ordinance updates to the critical aquifer recharge and flood hazard area provisions into the SMP.
  • Update and correct references, citations and names. For example, the term "Board of County Commissioners" is replaced with "Clark County Council."
  • Add clarifying language addressing timber harvest and Archaeological, Cultural and Historic Resources.
  • Revise definitions for "agricultural land," "floodway," and "vessel," as well as new definitions for "boatyard" and "development."
  • Incorporate changes consistent with Ecology's 2017 update of its implementing rules.

We used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period held Jan. 29 to Feb. 13, 2019. We received comments from five individuals and organizations. Most comments focused on revisions proposed to the Forest Practices section. On Feb, 27, 2019, we sent a copy of the comments to the county for their response. The comment summary and the county's responses are incorporated into Attachment B.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg,


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearing Board within 60 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Columbia legal ads on May 6, 2019.