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Shoreline Master Program
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State Shoreline Management Act
The Washington State Shoreline Management Act of 1971 is based on the philosophy that the shorelines of the state are among the most valuable and fragile of its natural resources, and that there is great concern throughout the state related to their utilization, protection, restoration, and preservation. 

Cowlitz County Shoreline Management Master Program
In compliance with State requirements, Cowlitz County adopted a Shoreline Management Master Program in 1977.  The goals, objectives and policies of the Program apply only to development of shoreline areas as defined in the Shoreline Management Act. 

When considering development along, or any use of, shorelines of statewide significance, special attention is given to ensure that the state and regional interests are reflected, as well as local needs and desires. 

County Planning staff are available to discuss the permitting process for development within Shorelines.

Shoreline Management Master Program Update
Cowlitz County is required by statute to update it's Shoreline Master Program periodically.  The Department of Ecology has provided the County with a grant to complete this work.  Information on the Update project can be found here

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