A 30-day comment period for the Draft SMP will be conducted soon.
Yakima County is conducting a periodic review of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) as required by RCW 90.58.080. The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971 is intended to protect shoreline natural resources including land, vegetation, wildlife, and aquatic habitats against adverse environmental effects. All allowed uses are required to offset adverse environmental impacts as much as possible and preserve the natural character and aesthetics of the shoreline. The SMA requires each SMP to be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature. The deadline for this review is June 30, 2021.
The minimum scope of the review requires that the SMP:
Source: State of Washington Department of Ecology
Yakima County has elected to use the Optional Joint Review Process that combines the local and state public comment periods required by RCW 90.58.090 and WAC 173-26-104. Yakima County's Public Participation Plan will be available once it is approved.
The SMP is required to be updated by June 30, 2021. A detailed project timeline will be available once finalized.
This section is reserved for posting public comments received from future public comment periods.