Shelton SMP: periodic review

On Nov. 22, 2021, we provided Shelton with required and recommended changes to the city's proposed periodic review of thier Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

We held a public comment period on Shelton's proposed periodic review to their SMP. The public comment period was held from Sept. 20 through Oct. 20, 2021.

We used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. We also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. No comments were submitted on the proposed amendment.


The periodic review will bring the existing SMP into compliance with changes to state law, ensure consistency with the Shelton’s comprehensive plan and development regulations, and reflect changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. Shelton may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Our final approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

Shelton last updated their SMP in April 2015 and amended it in September 2017 to revise and update the Shoreline Environment Designation map to add a newly annexed area. The key changes Shelton is proposing include:

  • Update monetary threshold values for substantial developments and freshwater docks
  • Add floating, on-water residences to Table 6-1 Shoreline Use Matrix and prohibit them in all environment designations consistent with the text in Section 6.14 Residential Development
  • Update critical areas regulations, including:
    • Use of our 2014 Wetland Rating System for Western Washington
    • Definitions are updated to reference the federal wetland delineation manual
    • Revisions in the wetland buffer section updates the CAO consistent with Ecology’s 2014 Wetland Rating System for Western Washington

Documents related to approval