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Centralia Shoreline Master Program

Public comment is requested on a comprehensive update of the Centralia Shoreline Master Program.

The public is invited to provide comments on Centralia’s proposed comprehensive update to its shoreline master program (SMP) by July 19, 2018, at 5 p.m. The proposed SMP will entirely replace the city’s existing SMP, last amended in 1982. The proposed SMP will guide development and activities along over 11 miles of shoreline, including portions of the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers, Salzer Creek, and Hayes and Plummer lakes.

The proposed SMP:

  • Prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the city’s shoreline areas.
  • Identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a restoration plan.
  • Incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.
  • Includes preplanning for the city's Urban Growth Areas.

The Centralia proposed SMP will be compared to the requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

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

Public comment period

Opens: June 19, 2018
Closes: July 19, 2018, 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.


Ecology prefers comments 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 July 19, 2018 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

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

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503
Staff Contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg

City of Centralia
Community Development Department
118 West Maple St.
Centralia, WA 98531
Staff Contact: Hilary Hoke

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