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.

      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.
      The draft Shorelines Master Program is available here.

      To view an informational video about the draft Update to the Shorelines Master Program, CLICK HERE TO VIEW VIDEO.

      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.




      Union Gap





      For more information, please contact:
      Jeff Watson, Senior Planner
      Phone: 509-759-7989.