Whatcom County Amendment 2017

We are seeking comment on Whatcom County's proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The public comment period starts on March 12 and runs through April 11, 2018, at 5 p.m.

The amendment is limited to the incorporation of recently adopted changes to Whatcom County's critical Areas Ordinance (CAO) into its SMP. The changes would make the master program consistent with the CAO, subject to the existing exceptions outlined in the current master program.

We will compare Whatcom County’s proposed amendments to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

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

Public comment period

Opens: March 12, 2018
Closes: April 11, 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:

Chad Yunge
Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, #101
Bellingham, Washington 98225

Comments must be received no later than April 11, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

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

Washington Department of Ecology
Bellingham Field Office
913 Squalicum Way, #101
Bellingham, WA 98225
Staff contact: Chad Yunge

Whatcom County Planning & Development Services
5820 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA 98226
Staff contact: Cliff Strong

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 Whatcom County's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available.