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Shoreline Master Programs

Tekoa Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

Public Comment Requested - June 15, 2016 to July 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

The Washington Department of Ecology seeks public comment on the City of Tekoa’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The City of Tekoa has shoreline along Hangman Creek.

Whitman 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 Whitman County will each have an individual comment period for their Shoreline Master Program update.

The City of Tekoa is updating their Shoreline Program to reflect the local vision for appropriate shoreline development, public shoreline access, and environmental protection as required by the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58). 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.

Ecology will compare the Tekoa 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: June 15, 2016
Closes: July 15, 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:

Zach Meyer, Regional Planner
Washington Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98903
zachary.meyer@ecy.wa.gov
509-454-3619

Comments must be received no later than July 15, 2016 at 5 p.m.


Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

If you have troubles accessing documents, please contact Zach Meyer, Washington Department of Ecology.

Paper copies are available at the following locations:

Washington State Department of Ecology
Central Regional Office
1250 West Alder Street
Union Gap, Washington 98504-7775
Staff contact: Zach Meyer
Phone: 509-454-3619
Email: zachary.meyer@ecy.wa.gov

City of Tekoa
419 N Washington Street
Tekoa, Washington 99033
Staff contact: Kynda Browning
Phone: 509-284-3861
Email:  tekoaclerk@gmail.com

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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