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Cowlitz County Shoreline Master Program

Public comment is closed

We held a public comment period on Cowlitz County’s proposed comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was held from April 4 through May 4, 2017.

We used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. We also issued a blog to encourage public participation and comment. We received six written comment letters. Comments cover an array of topics including state-owned aquatic lands, shoreline environment designations, shoreline permit requirements, and flood hazard reduction regulations to name a few.

Response to public comment

We prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to Cowlitz County on May 11, 2017. The county has written responses to the comments, and they are available here.

Next step: Our decision

We will decide if the county’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and our Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. We will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program.
  • Approve the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to Cowlitz County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available. Please check back.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF