Okanogan County SMP: Periodic Review

Public comment requested July 18 - Aug. 19, 2024.

We are seeking public comment on Okanogan County’s (County) proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

Okanogan County’s comprehensive update to their SMP went into effect in 2018. The proposed amendment is needed to comply with the statutory deadline for a periodic review of the County’s SMP pursuant to RCW 90.58.080(4). Okanogan County has reviewed their SMP and has proposed amendments that will bring the SMP in compliance with requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and state rules, and reflects changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data.

The County proposed to make changes to their SMP required by changes in state law as identified in the Periodic Review Checklist.

Okanogan County has opted to use the standard review process for SMP amendments, pursuant to WAC 173-26-100. The County locally adopted this amendment on July 10, 2023, and submitted it to us on April 11, 2024. We determined their submittal to be complete on May 2, 2024. Following the comment period, we will compare Okanogan County’s proposed amendment 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 program as is.
  • Approve with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: July 18, 2024
Closes: Aug. 19, 2024

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:

Lennard Jordan
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, WA 98903

Comments must be received no later than Aug. 19, 2024.

Documents for public review and comment

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