Grays Harbor County

The public comment period for Grays Harbor County's proposed update to it's shoreline program is from Oct. 29, 2018, through Dec. 3, 2018 at 5 p.m. The proposed master program will entirely replace the county's existing program, last amended in 1991. The master program addresses uses and development along over 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 proposed program 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 jurisdictions.

Ecology will compare Grays Harbor's 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 or with recommended changes, or
  • Send the proposed program back to Grays Harbor County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Oct. 29, 2018
Closes: Dec. 3, 2018 5 p.m.

All interested parities 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.

Ecology prefers comments to be submitted through the online comment form provided on the webpage.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Online via the E-Comment Form

By Mail:

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than Dec. 3, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF.

Paper copies are available for review, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98504
Staff Contact: Kim Van Zwalebburg

Grays Harbor County
Department of public Services - Planning and Building Division
100 West Broadway, Suite 31
Montesano, Washington 98563
Staff Contact: Jane Hewitt

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.