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Bingen Shoreline Master Program

Public comment requested October 25 through November 27, 2017 at 5 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on the City of Bingen’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

Bingen has prepared a comprehensive Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that reflects the local vision for appropriate shoreline development, public shoreline access, and environmental protection as required by the Shoreline Management Act. Bingen’s SMP covers shorelines adjacent to the Columbia River, which is comprised of privately-owned land historically used for water-oriented industrial purposes. This SMP includes goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, administrative procedures, and definitions. This SMP increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

We will compare Bingen's proposed program to the requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and our Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the City of Bingen with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: October 25, 2017
Closes: November 27, 2017, 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:

Lennard Jordan, Shoreline Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903

Comments must be received no later than November 27, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.

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

Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-457-7125
Email: lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov

City of Bingen
112 North Ash
Bingen, Washington 98605
Staff contact: Jan Brending
Phone: 509-493-2122
Email: planning@bingenwashington.org

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