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Staff Contacts

Department of Ecology:                                                                      Island County:

David Pater, Shoreline Planner                                                          Brad Johnson, Senior Planner                         

Washington State Department of Ecology                                       Planning & Community Development                      

3190 160th AVE S.E                                                                              P.O. Box 5000, 1 N.E. 6th Street                        

Bellevue, WA 98008                                                                              Coupeville, WA 98239                                                                                                    

425-649-4253                                                                                        360-678-7972 



Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Department of Ecology approval process:

1. Island County Response to Public Comments:

On May 1, 2013 the Washington State Department of Ecology (DOE) hosted a public meeting in Coupeville to discuss Island County’s proposed Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update.  The Department of Ecology provided a period for public comment following that meeting. During the public comment period DOE received approximately 339 comments from 79 individuals and 16 organizations. On July 9, 2013 DOE forwarded a public comment summary to Island County containing all of the comments received during the public comment period. Pursuant to Washington Department of Ecology regulations (WAC 173-26-120(6)) Island County was required to prepare a detailed response to these comments. On August 30, 2013 Island County completed our response. A copy of the public comment summary containing Island County’s responses has been provided below.


Summary of Public Comments

Letter submitted to Department of Ecology

2. Preliminary Changes Requested by Department of Ecology:

On February 19, 2014 Island County staff met with representatives from the Department of Ecology (DOE) to discuss DOE’s proposed changes to the locally adopted Island County SMP. The documents below outline the changes requested by DOE.

General Changes (DRAFT)

Aquaculture Changes (DRAFT)

Aquaculture Changes - Policies and Regulation (DRAFT)




The Board of Island County Commissioners approved Resolution No. C-125-12 (PLG-007-12) to send the Island County Shoreline Master Program to the Washington State Department of Ecology for approval.   

Shoreline Environment Designations Map, Dec. 27, 2012

Shoreline Goals and Policies, Dec. 27, 2012

Shoreline Regulations and Procedures, Dec. 27, 2012  Figures 1 and 2

Shoreline Restoration Plan, Dec. 27, 2012  Map 1, Map 2         


Historical information and links prior to adoption of Resolution C-125-12

The Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m. to consider approval of Resolution No. C-125-12 (PLG-007-12).
  Please note that the November 29, 2012 version of the SMP has been reformatted to remove the underline/strike-out to create a December 27, 2012 version that has been reviewed and approved by the code revisor.

Revised Shoreline Environment Designations Map, Dec. 2012

Revised Shoreline Goals and Policies, Dec. 27, 2012

Revised Shoreline Regulations and Procedures, Dec. 27, 2012  Figures 1 and 2

Revised Shoreline Restoration Plan, Dec. 27, 2012  Map 1, Map 2

The Planning Commission will review the BOCC revised SMP Goals and Policies at 9:00 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012.
Revised Shoreline Restoration Plan Nov. 29, 2012
Revised SMP Goals and Policies  Nov. 29, 2012
Revised SMP Regulations and Procedures  Nov. 29,2012
Planning Commission's Recommendation as set for BOCC public hearing.
Resolution C-125-12 [PLG-007-12] with attachments A & B

Exhibit C Consists of the following documents:

Goals and Policies

Shoreline Environmental Designation Map

Shoreline Restoration Plan - revised version listed above.

The documents listed above were reviewed and approved by the Planning Commission and transmitted to
the BOCC. Corrections (formatting, punctuation, etc.) have been made to reflect the review by the Island
County Code Reviser. Some sections and page numbers may have changed, but no substantive changes
have been made to the Planning Commission's recommendation.

Additional amendments have been drafted by staff for the BOCC to consider at the Public Hearing:

Topic 1: Shoreline Residential Development

            Revised list of Proposed Historic Beach Communities

Topic 2: Shoreline Public Access

            Excerpts for Proposed Public Access

Topic 3: Aquaculture and Figure

Draft Cumulative Impacts Analysis of SMP November 2012


Planning Commission's Recommendation

The Island County Planning Commission recommended Shoreline Master  Program. For the Planning Commission Findings of Fact click here.

Shoreline Restoration Plan

Goals and Policies

Chapter 17.05A Shoreline Master Program Regulations and Procedures

Shoreline Environment Designation Map

Public Workshops
Island County Commissioner’s Hearing Room

Public Access--Wed., Nov. 16th 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Click here for Map 16 revised draft     

**Click here for meeting notes*

Shoreline Residential Development--Mon., Dec. 5th 4:30-6:30 p.m. Click here for presentation

**Click here for meeting notes** 

Dot voting results

Shoreline Stabilization--Mon., Jan. 30th 4:30-6:30 p.m. Click here for overview presentation   

**Click here for meeting notes**

Click here for coastal geo. presentation


In 2003, the state Legislature adopted new guidelines and set up a timetable for local governments to update local shoreline master programs.  In July 2010, Island County entered into a grant agreement with the Department of Ecology to complete a comprehensive update of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) by the end of 2012 for state review and approval.  The SMP update process includes an assessment of shoreline areas under the provisions of the Shoreline Management Act, including completion of inventory and analysis reports with corresponding maps and illustrations that characterize shoreline ecological conditions; development of shoreline policies, environment designations, and use regulations; as well as analysis of cumulative impacts and uses, preparation of a shoreline restoration plan, and a formal local adoption process. 

Click here for the schedule for the Shoreline Master Program Update 2010-2013

Past Presentations

Shoreline Public Access--Slide Presentation <click here to view presentation> to Board of County Commissioners on June 15, 2011.  The draft inventory map (#16) indicating existing shoreline access points including the 67 sites from Getting to the Water's Edge on Whidbey and Camano Islands, 2006 edition.

Developer's Forum--June 28, 2011, 5:00-7:00 p.m. Hosted by Windermere Realtors-Freeland.

Community Visioning Meetings were held in March 2011.  You can view the slide presentation that was given at these meetings by clicking on this link Shoreline Master Program Overview

Beach Watchers  The presentation given at the 2011 training sessions can be viewed here.

Shoreline Technical Advisory Group

Next meeting February 29, 2012 10:00 am., Island Co. Rm. 131.  Review Draft Goals and Policies

October 12, 2011, 1-3 pm, Coupeville, Island Co. Rm. 131. Agenda

June 28, 2011, 1-3 pm, Coupeville,  Agenda:  Review preliminary draft of Inventory and Characterization Report.

February 15, 2011. Agenda

December 14, 2010. Agenda

Island County Shoreline Inventory and Characterization --March 2012 Draft 
Reach sheets for Chapter 6
Reach sheets for Chapter 7


 Click here to go to Washington State Department of Ecology Shoreline Master Programs description

The Island County SMP consists of both a policy plan and development regulations that apply to areas within shoreline jurisdiction (200-feet upland of Ordinary High Water Mark including lakes larger than 20-acres in size).
Shoreline uses are identified as either permitted, conditional, or prohibited uses depending on the shoreline environment designation. This designation is essentially shoreline zoning that is based on an inventory of existing uses. In general, projects within the shoreline jurisdiction are reviewed by staff to ensure compliance with the development standards listed in the SMP chapter 17.05 ICC.  Regulations for development activities within a shoreline jurisdiction are located in ICC 16.21 Shoreline Management. 

Coastal Atlas (Washington State Dept. of Ecology) SUBSTANTIAL DEVELOPMENT PERMIT (SDP)
Hydraulic Project Approval - HPA (WDFW) SHORELINE EXEMPTION PERMIT (SHE)  
Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM) SHORELINE VARIANCES (VAR)  

Island County Marine Resources Committee Salmon swimming through eelgrass

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