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Lewis County Shoreline Master Program

On Oct. 24, 2017, we approved Lewis County’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Lewis County’s shoreline program is Nov. 7, 2017, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The updated Master Program is locally tailored to reflect local conditions and will replace the county’s 1974 shoreline master program last amended in 1998  in its entirety. The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The proposed program will address uses and development along the Chehalis, Cowlitz, Deschutes and Nisqually rivers, numerous tributaries and over 50 lakes. The master program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a Restoration Plan; and incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

On Aug. 29, 2017, we provided Lewis County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The changes were based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held from Feb. 14 through March 16, 2017.

Mail and email was used to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We also issued a blog post to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received one comment letter from Washington Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Comments focused on DNR’s role in managing state-owned aquatic lands, interest in projects and mitigation proposals that may occur on these lands, aquatic vegetation management and the placement of fill. On March 21, 2017, we sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The comment summary and the county’s response have been incorporated into Attachment D (below).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Kim Van Zwalenburg.