Grays Harbor County: Comprehensive update

On July 28, 2020, we approved Grays Harbor’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Grays Harbor’s updated SMP is effective Aug. 11, 2020, 14 days after we provided written notice to the county that their SMP was approved.

The SMP addresses uses and development along more than 1,200 miles of fresh and saltwater shorelines, including the Pacific Ocean and Grays Harbor; numerous rivers and creeks including the Chehalis, Hoquiam, and Satsop rivers; and six lakes. The comprehensive update replaces the existing program and contains locally-tailored shoreline policies and regulations, prioritizes water-oriented uses and development, supports restoration actions consistent with the Shoreline Restoration Plan, and incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

On Dec. 18, 2019, we provided the county with required and recommended changes to their proposed comprehensive update of their SMP.

Mail and email notices were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period and notice was posted on our public input and events calendar. Three comment letters were received. Comments focused on sea level rise, natural hazards including tsunamis and coastal erosion, public participation, Quinault tribal treaty rights, critical area regulations, and water quality concerns, among others.

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(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the The Daily World legal ads on Aug. 20, 2020.