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Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update

Dungeness Spit
Dungeness Spit
Elwha River
Elwha River
Bogachiel River
Bogachiel River

Clallam County is updating its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The County Planning Commission has recommended a Draft SMP (September 2017) to the Board of County Commissioners to update and replace: (1) the existing 1976 Clallam County SMP (last amended 1992); and (2) SMP administrative procedures in Chapter 35.01, Shoreline Management, of the Clallam County Code (CCC).The SMP includes goals and policies, regulations (e.g., use standards, buffers), and administrative procedures (e.g., permit process) for new development and uses. The update is required by the Washington’s Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58, and must demonstrate consistency with the SMA and state SMP Update Guidelines (WAC 173-26).

Per the SMA, the SMP applies to: 1) all marine waters, reaches of rivers and streams where the mean annual flow is more than 20 cubic feet per second, and lakes and reservoirs 20 acres or greater in size that are within the jurisdiction of Clallam County; 2) areas within 200 feet from the ordinary high water mark or floodway of these water bodies; and 3) associated wetlands and river deltas. To consolidate regulations, the SMP would also apply to the full extent of the mapped 100-year floodplain and land necessary for buffers to protect critical areas (e.g., landslide hazard areas) that are overlapping or otherwise coincident with the shoreline jurisdiction pursuant to RCW 90.58.030 (2)(d). The City of Forks is considering the SMP for rivers inside the city limits.

Note: Many of our documents are in portable document format (PDF), and some are very large.


Clallam County Shoreline Master Program Update : Board of County Commissioners Worksession (March 5, 2018) ... NEW


Clallam County Shoreline Master Program Update : Planning Commission Recommendation (September 2017) ... NEW


Final Cumulative Impacts Analysis and No Net Loss (CIA/NNL) Report (revised June 2017) ... NEW


State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Threshold Determination and Environmental Checklist ... NEW




PUBLIC HEARING HELD AND CLOSED: The Board of Clallam County Commissioners held a public hearing on the proposed Draft SMP (Sept. 2017) recommended by the Planning Commission on December 12, 2017. The Board closed the public hearing on December 12 following receipt of public comments.

UPCOMING BOARD WORK SESSION: The Board of County Commissioners has scheduled a work session on March 5, 2018 to continue their review of the Draft SMP (Sept. 2017) and the oral and written public comments received.

Board work session agendas are available on the Thursday evening prior to the next-scheduled meeting and can be viewed at: Board of County Commissioners Work Session Agendas

STATE REVIEW AND APPROVAL PROCESS:  Under the state Shoreline Management Act, RCW 90.58, the County and state Department of Ecology share joint authority and responsibility for the update and administration of the SMP. Updates to the SMP require approval by Ecology to be effective. The BOCC will consider public comment received prior to taking action for county adoption of the recommended SMP (as may be revised) to submit to Ecology for state review and approval.  Ecology will hold a minimum 30-day public comment period. 

SMP Written Public Comments Received:


Sept. 20, 2017 thru Dec. 12, 2017


Feb. 28, 2015 thru Sept. 19, 2017


Nov. 2014 thru Feb. 27, 2015


Prior to Nov. 2014



Upcoming Public Meetings


Board of Clallam County Commissioners -

March 5, 2018 Work Session





Shoreline Master Program



SMP Presentations





County Commissioner Feb. 12, 2018 Worksession


Sequim Regional Public Forum (Nov. 14, 2017)


Presentation to County Commissioners (Nov. 13, 2017) – SMP Buffers, Channel Migration Zones, Mitigation & No Net Loss Provisions



Port Angeles Regional Public Forum

(November 8, 2017)


Forks Regional Public Forum

(November 6, 2017)


Sekiu Regional Public Forum

(November 2, 2017)


Staff Presentation to the County Commissioners - ( Oct. 30, 2017) - Focus on Shoreline Jurisdiction & Environmental Designations



Presentation to Planning Commission

(June 7, 2017)






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Content Updated March 8, 2018