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.