Cowlitz County Shoreline Master Program: Periodic Review

We are seeking public comment from Oct. 18 to Nov. 18, 2021 on Cowlitz County's proposed periodic review amendment to its shoreline master program (SMP).

Provide your comments on Cowlitz County’s proposed amendment to its SMP by Nov.18, 2021. The proposed changes are minimal, primarily removing the 2016 Shoreline Restoration Plan from Appendix B, revising it to reflect current information, and presenting it separately as a stand-alone document. The county’s SMP was comprehensively updated in 2018 and regulates shoreline use and development along approximately 697 miles of lake and river shorelines. These include the Columbia, Lewis and Kalama, Cowlitz and Chehalis rivers, Mill, Abernathy and Germany creeks and Merwin, Yale and Silver lakes, among others.


The Cowlitz County proposed amendment will be compared 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 program as is.
  • Approve with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Oct. 18, 2021
Closes: Nov. 18, 2021

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments to:

Michelle McConnell
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775
Michelle.McConnell@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6349

Comments must be received no later than Nov. 18, 2021

Documents related to public review and comment

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 County’s response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.