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Ocean Shores Shoreline Master Program

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 January 16 to February 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. We received three written comments which were focused on shoreline buffers and setbacks, dune management and the Seashore Conservation Area. On February 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).

The proposed SMP will entirely replace the city's existing SMP, last amended in 1991, and will guide development and activities along over 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.

Documents related to approval

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