Forks SMP Comprehensive Update and Periodic Review

Public comment requested Feb. 7, 2022 – March 10, 2022

We are seeking public comment on the City of Forks' proposed comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), including amendments to satisfy the periodic review requirement.

The city’s proposed adoption of the Clallam County SMP to serve as the city’s SMP will entirely replace the city’s 1976 program. The city actively participated in the County SMP update process for WRIA 20, conducted local actions for public participation, and prepared additional Forks-specific supplemental materials. 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 SMP prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration, and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue. The periodic review amendments are based on recent changes to statute and rule, and address minor issues regarding the substantial development cost threshold, ADA retrofit permit exemption, definitions, local review and permit filing procedures, nonconforming use and development, and transportation project review. Both the comprehensive update and periodic review are mandated by RCW 90.58.080.

The SMP applies to approximately two miles of shoreline jurisdiction along portions of the Bogachiel River, Calawah River, Elk Creek, and Mill Creek within the City's limits. Shorelines located in the Forks UGA and WRIA 20 are managed by Clallam County.

We will compare the City of Forks' proposed program 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: Feb. 7, 2022
Closes: March 10, 2022

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:

Michelle McConnell
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than March 10, 2022.

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