SMP – Shoreline Master Program Updates

    The Washington State Shoreline Management Act requires local governments to periodically review their Shoreline Master Programs (SMP) and, if necessary, revise their master programs to:

  • Assure that the new SMP complies with applicable state law and guidelines in effect at the time of review; and
  • Assure consistency of the SMP with the local government’s comprehensive plan and development regulations adopted under chapter 36.70A RCW, and other local requirements.

The Yakima Valley Conference of Governments (YVCOG) is working with the Cities of Grandview, Granger, Mabton, Naches, Toppenish, Union Gap, Wapato and Zillah on the update of their Shoreline Master Programs.

Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs)
are local land-use policies and regulations that guide use of Washington shorelines. SMPs apply to both public and private uses for Washington’s more than 28,000 miles of lake, stream, wetland, and marine shorelines. They protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses.

Public Participation Plan
Public engagement is an integral part of this planning process. Engagement is needed from interested parties including residents, businesses, and stakeholders and agencies. City staff proposes the following outreach methods:

    Public Meetings to share progress and accept feedback during the process will be held. YVCOG Staff is available to give presentations and seek feedback at the meetings of impacted organizations, in addition to the public meetings that will be held. Types of public meetings may include an Open House, presentations or briefings before the City Planning Commission and City Councils. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, public meetings/open houses may be modified and conducted online or by telephone.


PLEASE NOTE THAT AS CITIES BEGIN THE STATE REQUIRED SMP UPDATE DRAFT SMP’S WILL BE LINKED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT. IT IS PROJECTED THAT DRAFT SMP’S WILL BE POSTED FOR PUBLIC REVIEW AND COMMENT BEGINNING IN LATE JANUARY OR EARLY FEBURARY 2021. PLEASE CHECK BACK OFTEN FOR FURTHER INFORMATION.

Comments on the Shoreline Master Plan will be accepted at public meetings, City Halls, City’s SMP webpages, and the YVCOG SMP webpage. City Halls that are closed due to COVID-19 will accept mail or email comments.

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City/Town SMP Information

Below are the links to information for each city about the process and any documents that have been created for the shoreline master program update. Please read and comment on proposed changes to your local Shorelines Master Program.

Grandview

Granger

Mabton

Naches

Toppenish

Union Gap

Wapato

Zillah


For more information, please contact:
Lynn Deitrick, Planning Manager
email: Lynn.Deitrick@yvcog.org
Phone: 509-759-7995

Jeff Watson, Senior Planner
email: Jeff.Watson@yvcog.org
Phone: 509-759-7989.

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