Public asked to review and comment on new shoreline programs
|Montesano's new Shoreline Master Program affects |
the Chehalis and Wynoochie Rivers, Sylvia Lake and
|Raymond's new Shoreline Master Program affects 20 miles|
of shorelines, including Skidmore and Ellis Sloughs, the
Willapa River and the South Fork Willapa River.
The City of Montesano’s proposal would replace its 34-year-old program and address uses along five miles of freshwater shoreline, including the Chehalis and Wynoochee Rivers, Sylvia Lake and Sylvia Creek.
The City of Raymond is replacing its 33-year-old shoreline plan with a proposed master program that will guide uses along 20 miles of river shorelines that includes Skidmore and Ellis sloughs, the Willapa River and the South Fork Willapa River.
The public has until 5 p.m. March 1 to comment on Montesano’s program. The comment period on Raymond’s program ends at 5 p.m. March 9.
Ecology will compare each cities' proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison and the comments it receives, Ecology will decide whether to approve the program or ask for changes.
Both cities’ proposed master programs include locally tailored shoreline policies, encourage restoration and provide improved habitat protection measures.
Montesano’s and Raymond’s proposed Shoreline Master Programs can be viewed online. Paper copies can be viewed at Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office, 300 Desmond Dr., Lacey, WA 98577. The cities’ proposals are also available to view at their respective city halls: Montesano, 112 North Main St., Montesano, WA 98563; and Raymond, 300 First St., Raymond, WA 98577.
Comments should be addressed to Ecology’s Kim Van Zwalenburg. Here’s how to submit them:
Mail: Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775