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Chelan County

Public comment requested - April 16 through May 16, 2018, 5 p.m.

Please provide your comments on Chelan County's proposed comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The public comment period will be held from April 16 through May 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Chelan County has prepared a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that reflects the local vision for appropriate shoreline development, public access, and environmental protection required by state law. The county's current SMP was adopted in 1975 and last amended in 1997. During the last four decades, there have been changes in state regulations and county land uses, prompting a major update.

Chelan County’s SMP will guide land use and development for all shorelines within the county. The SMP includes goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, administrative procedures, and definitions. The SMP increases protection and restoration of important habitat areas and regional water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.
Ecology will compare the county’s proposed SMP to requirements under the state Shoreline Management Act and 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 county with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens:  April 16, 2018, at 8 a.m.
Closes:  May 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during the public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments that only need to be submitted once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

We prefer comments to be submitted through the online comment form provided below.

Online via the e-comment form

By Mail:

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903-0009
Email: lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 509-457-7125

Comments must be received no later than May 16, 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 State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Email: lennard.jordan@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 509-457-7125

Chelan County Planning
316 Washington Street, Suite 301
Wenatchee, Washington 98801
Staff Contact: Lilith Vespier, AICP
Email: lilith.vespier@co.chelan.wa.us
Phone: 509-667-6224

Nest 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 a notice of our decision when available. Please check back.