Westport SMP: Periodic Review Amendment
We held a public comment period on the City of Westport's proposed periodic review amendment to their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The period for public comment was from Aug. 8 to Sept. 8, 2023.
Email notices were used to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Written comments were recevied from six (6) parties, including the Quinault Indian Nation, the Washington Department of Natural Resources, three organizations, and one idividual. Comments addressed sea level rise and coastal hazards; shoreline and riparian buffers; protections for interdunal wetlands and wetland mosaics; and the separteness of the SMP amendment from the City's critical areas ordinance update as well as the SEPA process for the proposed Westport Golf, LLC project.
Response to public comment
We prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to the City on Sept. 13, 2023. The City will provide us with responses to the comments. The city's response will be posted here when available.
Next steps: our decision
Following Ecology's receipt of the City's response to comments, we will decide if the City's proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. We will decide wheter to:
- Approve the program as is.
- Approve with recommended changes.
- Send the proposed program back to the City with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included iwth the required changes.