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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         


 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. 
For Shoreline permits click here to access the land use permit page

Coastal Atlas (Washington State Dept. of Ecology)
Hydraulic Project Approval - HPA (WDFW)
Ordinary High Water Mark (OHWM)

Island County Marine Resources Committee Salmon swimming through eelgrass

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