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Shoreline Master Program Update
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Cowlitz County Partnership--Shoreline Master Program Update

The purpose of the Shoreline Master Program project is to update the County's 35-year old plan for managing shorelines throughout the county (current County SMP can be found here). The Shoreline Management Act was a referendum first approved by voters in 1972. The Act provides a statewide framework for managing, accessing and protecting shorelines throughout the state (click here to view the law). The Act is implemented through local development regulations. The statute requires each county and city within the state to update their Shoreline Master Program periodically. To complete this work, the Department of Ecology provided the County with a grant. Grant funding expired in June 2015 and the County is working for local adoption in the fall/winter of 2016.

How to Get Involved

You can also sign up for for e-mail updates here.

Project Contact
Elaine Placido
Building and Planning Division

Project Timeline

The SMP Update will be going to the Planning Commission in late Summer 2016, and then to the Board of County Commissioners for local adoption in Fall/Winter 2016.

Full Project Timeline

Public Meetings

Watch for information about upcoming Planning Commission meetings - the 3rd Wednesdays in each month- where the SMP will be discussed or considered in a hearing.

Documents and Current Drafts Under Review

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