City of Ellensburg Shoreline Master Program: periodic review

Public comment requested - Sept. 28, 2023 - Oct. 30, 2023.

We are seeking public comment on the city of Ellensburg's proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

Ellensburg's comprehensive update to their SMP went into effect in 2016. The proposed amendment is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for periodic review of Ellensburg's SMP pursuant to RCW 90.58.080(4). The city has reviewed their SMP and has proposed amendments that will bring the SMP in compliance with requirements of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) and state rules, and reflects changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data.

The city proposed to make changes to the SMP required by changes in state law as identified in the Periodic Review Checklist.

Ellensburg has opted to use the standard review process for SMP amendments, pursuant to WAC 173-26-100. The city locally adopted this amendment on Nov. 21, 2022, and submitted it to us on July 3, 2023. We determined their submittal to be complete on Aug. 3, 2023.

Following the comment period, we will compare Ellensburg's proposed amendment to the requirements of the SMA 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: Sept. 28, 2023
Closes: Oct. 30, 2023

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 and questions to:

Chelsea Wilson
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903

Comments must be received no later than Oct. 30, 2023.

Documents for 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 city's response to comments and notice our decision when they become available. Please check back.