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Shoreline Master Programs

Lincoln County Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - August 3, 2016 to September 5, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on Lincoln County’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

Lincoln County and its cities and towns with jurisdictional shorelines formed a coalition to pursue a regional update to their shoreline master programs. The cities and towns of Lincoln County will each have an individual comment period for their Shoreline Program update.

The county contains shoreline along four rivers and streams and 37 lakes. Five of these water bodies are considered shorelines of statewide significance, including the Columbia River, Crab Creek, Spokane River, Sprague Lake and Long Lake Reservoir.

The regional comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline programs, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This updated SMP increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities.

Ecology will compare the Lincoln County proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, Ecology will decide whether to:

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

Learn more: Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs

Public comment period

Opens: August 3, 2016
Closes: September 5, 2016 at 5:00 pm

All interested parties are invited to provide comment about the proposed amendment 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:

Regional Planner: Lennard Jordan
  Washington State Department of Ecology
Mailing address: Central Regional Office
  1250 West Alder Street
  Union Gap, Washington 98903
Direct line: 509-457-7125


Ecology must receive comments no later than September 5, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Lennard Jordan, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 W. Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington  98903
Staff contact: Lennard Jordan
Phone: 509-457-7125

Lincoln County Land Services
27234 SR N
Davenport, Washington 99122
Staff contact: Courtney Thompson
Phone: 509-725-7911

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 a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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