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Shoreline Master Programs

Morton Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - December 12, 2016 to January 11, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the City of Morton’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program.

The City of Morton’s Master Program contains goals, policies, and regulations for uses and development along the shorelines of the Tilton River and Johnson Creek. The City of Morton currently regulates its shorelines under the original Shoreline Master Program that was adopted in 1977. This proposed updated will completely replace the existing Master Program.

The updated Master Program was drafted in response to the state mandated comprehensive amendment of all Master Programs in the state. The updated Master Program prioritizes water-oriented uses and development within the city’s jurisdictional boundaries of the Shoreline Management Act; identifies potential restoration projects for future shoreline restoration efforts in a regional restoration plan; and, incorporates critical area regulations to ensure the protection of sensitive areas within shoreline jurisdiction.

Ecology will compare Morton's 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 city 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: December 12, 2016
Closes: January 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm

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:

Sarah Cassal, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7600

Comments must be received no later than January 11, 2017 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Sarah Cassal, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Sarah Cassal
Phone: 360-407-7459

Morton City Hall
250 Main Avenue
Morton, Washington 98356
Staff contact: Tammy Clevenger, City Clerk
Phone: 360-496-6881

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 city's response to comments and a notice of Ecology’s decision when they become available. Please check back.

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