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Shoreline Master Programs

Dayton Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - February 1, 2016 to March 3, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

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

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, 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 along nearly 4 miles of the Touchet River. The Touchet River is an important migratory corridor for steelhead, bull trout, and Chinook salmon.

Shoreline uses along the Touchet River in the City of Dayton are primarily public facilities and dikes, recreation, and residential development, with some areas of commercial and retail development.  In total, roughly 110 acres are within shoreline jurisdiction. The Dayton shoreline is dominated by the 3.2-mile Dayton Levee System, built in 1965. The levee system supports a popular recreational trail where visitors can enjoy the wildlife and views of the river. 

Ecology will compare City of Dayton'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 of Dayton 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: February 1, 2016
Closes: March 3, 2016 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:

Jeremy Sikes, Shoreline Planner
Washington State Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N Monroe Street
Spokane, Washington 99205

Comments must be received no later than March 3, 2016 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Jeremy Sikes, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N Monroe Street
Spokane, Washington 99205
Staff contact: Jeremy Sikes

City of Dayton Planning Department
111 South 1st Street
Dayton, Washington  99328
Staff contact: Karen Scharer

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

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