Index SMP: comprehensive update and periodic review

We are seeking public comment on the town of Index's proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The public comment period requested is from Aug. 7 through Sept. 6, 2019, at 5 p.m.

The town's SMP comprehensive and periodic update includes significant changes to most of the SMP sections, including but not limited to:

  • Administrative policies and regulations
  • Shoreline environment designations
  • Shoreline uses and modification regulations
  • Standards for wetlands in shoreline jurisdiction
  • Definitions

The SMP applies to both the in-water and adjacent upland areas including the North Fork Skykomish River.

We will compare Index's proposed SMP 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: Aug. 7, 2019
Closes: Sept. 6, 2019, at 5 p.m.

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

David Pater
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
david.pater@ecy.wa.gov
360-255-4375

Comments must be received no later than Sept. 6, 2019. at 5 p.m.

Documents for public comment

Note: All documents are PDF

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

David Pater
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
david.pater@ecy.wa.gov

Jenny Johnson, Town Clerk & Treasurer
Index Town Hall
511 Avenue A
Index, WA 98073
town hall@cityofindex.org
360-793-2488

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 Index's response to comments and notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.