The City of Port Angeles submitted their proposed Shoreline Master Program update to Department of Ecology in June 2012, following local approval.The city worked in conjunction with the department of ecology on numerous changes and additions that were needed to complete the Program. On September 3rd, 2014 the City received a complete list of changes required by the Department of Ecology. The following final document contains those changes.
The City Council accepted the changes required by the Department of Ecology and locally adopted the Shoreline Master Program on October 21st, 2014.
The Shoreline Master Program will influence what uses and future development are allowed in shoreline areas. The Locally Adopted SMP includes a new system of Shoreline Environment Designations. Vegetation Conservation Areas are identified by shoreline reach, which is also a change from the city's current SMP. The SMP must ensure protection of currently intact waterfront habitat including beaches and bluffs, forests, and sand spits.
Roles & Responsibilities
The City of Port Angeles is responsible for updates to the SMP in compliance with Washington State guidelines (WAC 173-26) as well as adherence to the terms of the contract with DOE for receipt of grant funds. This includes conducting and documenting public involvement throughout the SMP update process, (WAC 173-26-201 (3)(b)(i); WAC 173-26-090 and 100; WAC 173-26-251 (3)(a)), including communication with state agencies and affected Indian tribes (WAC 173-26-201 (3)(b)(ii) and (iii); WAC 173-26-100(3); WAC 173-26-251(3)(a)).
For more information about Department of Ecology Shoreline Master Programs, please visit their website.