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Ocean Shores Shoreline Master Program

Public comment requested: January 16 through February 15, 2018, 5 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on the city of Ocean Shores proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The proposed Master Program will entirely replace the city’s existing program, 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.

We will compare Ocean Shore’s proposed program to requirements under the state Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to Ocean Shores with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens:  January 16, 2018
Closes:  February 15, 2018, at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Kim Van Zwalenburg, Senior Shoreline Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-6520

Comments must be received no later than February 15, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available to view, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff Contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-6520

City of Ocean Shores
Planning Department/Permit Office
801 Minard Avenue NW, Building B
Ocean Shores, Washington 98569
Staff Contact: Alicia Bridges
Email: abridges@osgov.com
Phone: 360-940-7489

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the city of Ocean Shores response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.