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Pacific County Shoreline Master Program

On January 3, 2018, we approved Pacific County’s comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). Pacific County's updated shoreline program is effective January 17, 2018, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their shoreline program was approved.

The proposed SMP entirely replaces the county’s existing master program originally adopted in 1975 and last amended in 2000. The master program addresses uses and development along roughly 680 miles of freshwater and 490 miles of saltwater shoreline, including the Pacific Ocean and Willapa Bay, numerous rivers and creeks (including the Columbia, Willapa, and North rivers) and 10 lakes. The county’s new master program contains locally-tailored shoreline policies, regulations, environment designations and administrative provisions, and includes improved habitat protection and encourages restoration.

On September 28, 2017, we provided Pacific County with required and recommended changes to the county’s proposed comprehensive update of their SMP.

The changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and a public comment period held from January 23 through February 22, 2017.
On December 12, 2017, the county responded to Ecology, accepting all required changes with alternative language for changes #2 and #3, and all recommended changes except for #7.

We used mail and email to notify interested parties about the public comment period and posted a blog to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received verbal and written comments from 26 different individuals and/or organizations. Their comments focused on the local SMP update process, the no net loss standard, buffer standards, coastal ocean uses, aquaculture, and sea level rise. On March 21, 2017, we sent a summary of comments to the county for their response. The comment summary and responses from the county and Ecology have been incorporated into Attachment D.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF. Paper Copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Chinook Observer legal ads on January 17, 2018.