Ocean Shores Shoreline Master Program

Final SMP approval

On Nov. 27, 2018, we approved the City of Ocean Shores' Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update.

Ocean Shores' updated SMP takes effect Dec. 11,  2018, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The updated SMP entirely replaces the city's current SMP, last amended in 1991. It will guide development and activities along more than 70 miles of shoreline including the Pacific Ocean, Grays Harbor, Duck Lake, and the canals. The proposed program 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; and, incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

Conditional Approval

On July 23, 2018, we provided Ocean Shores with required and recommended changes to the City's proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The required and recommended changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and input received during our public comment period held from Jan. 16 to Feb. 15, 2018.

We used mail and email notices to notify interested parties about the public comment period. We also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Three written comments were received. Comments focused on shoreline buffers and setbacks, dune management and the Seashore Conservation Area. On Feb. 22, 2018, we sent a summary of comments to the City for response. The public comments and the City's responses have been incorporated into a Responsiveness Summary (Attachment D).

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(3), an interested party may file an appeal with the Shoreline Hearings Board within 30 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in The Daily World legal ads on Dec. 18, 2018