Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Public can weigh in on Clark County’s shoreline program changes

A map of Clark County and the surrounding area. Clark County is outlined in red.
There are 300 miles of lake and river shorelines in Clark County. The
management of them is guided by a Shoreline Master Plan. The county
recently made small changes to the Master Plan, which the public is now
invited to review and comment on.
From Yale Lake in the north to the Columbia River in the south, Clark County’s shorelines play host
to recreation, homes, industry and many other uses. The program that guides the development and protection of those shorelines has been updated and public has until March 22 to comment on the changes.

The Washington Department of Ecology is now reviewing Clark County’s updated shoreline management proposal. Comments on the program will help Ecology decide whether to approve the updates or to request changes from the county.

Clark County’s shoreline management program addresses 300 miles of lake and river shorelines. The proposed amendment adopts legislative changes made to the state’s Shoreline Management Act and updates the composition of the county’s Shoreline Management Committee.

Local shoreline programs protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for shoreline uses and development. Once they are approved by Ecology, amendments like the one being proposed in Clark County become part of the state’s overall Shoreline Master Program.

Clark County’s amended Shoreline Master Program can be found online. Paper copies are available to view at Ecology’s Southwest Regional Office in Lacey, or at Clark County’s Community Planning office.

Comments can be submitted online, through email, or by mail, and will be accepted until 5 p.m. March 22.

Mail: Kim Van Zwalenburg, Southwest Regional Office, PO Box 47775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
Online: Comment form

Ecology will compare Clark County’s amendment to the requirements of the state’s Shoreline Management Act and Shoreline Master Program guidelines after the comment period closes and decide whether to approve the amendment as is, approve it with changes, or send it back for required changes.

by Dave Bennett

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