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Port Townsend SMP Amendment

Public comment period open August 1 through 16, 2018

We are seeking public comment on Port Townsend's proposed amendment to its shoreline master program (SMP).

The city recently updated their critical areas ordinance (CAO) under the state Growth Management Act and is amending its SMP to reflect the new CAO, which is also adopted by reference for implementation in Port Townsend's shoreline areas.

We will compare Port Townsend's proposed SMP to state Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

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

Public comment period

Opens: August 1, 2018
Closes: August 16, 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:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
michelle.mcconnell@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6349

Comments must be received no later than August 16, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: all documents are PDF

Paper copies are available for review, by appointment, at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Dr. SE
Lacey, WA 98503
Contact: Michelle McConnell
michelle.mcconnell@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6349

City of Port Townsend
Development Services Department
250 Madison St., Suite 3
Port Townsend, WA 98368
Contact: Judy Surber
jsurber@cityofpt.us
360-379-5084

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 Port Townsend's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.