Shoreline Master Program

Department of Ecology Approves Shoreline Master Program

On February 22, 2016 the Department of Ecology approved the County's updated Shoreline Master Program. The effective date of the Shoreline Master Program is March 7, 2016. The Shoreline Master Program and related shoreline environmental designation maps can be downloaded below.

Board of County Commissioners Approves Shoreline Master Program

The Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners approved the County's updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP) on December 2, 2014. The SMP Resolution and related exhibits can be downloaded here. As required by WAC 173-26-110, the updated SMP policies and regulations must be submitted to the Department of Ecology for review and approval before they become effective, a process which may result in revisions to the SMP. For more information regarding Ecology's review, please see WAC 173-26-120.

Regional Shoreline Master Program Update

Required by law

The Washington State Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and its associated rules (WAC 173-26) require local governments adopt shoreline master programs (SMPs) with policies and regulations that apply to development near shorelines.


The Kittitas County SMP was adopted in 1975. The City of Ellensburg, City of Cle Elum, and Town of South Cle Elum (all of which have shorelines) never adopted their own master programs. Instead, they have relied on the Kittitas County SMP.


The Washington State Legislature provided grant funding through the Washington Department of Ecology for local governments to update their shoreline master programs. Kittitas County, Ellensburg, Cle Elum and South Cle Elum decided to work together on a regional SMP update using grant funding from Ecology to create a separate Shoreline Master Programs (SMP) for each jurisdiction.

The participating jurisdictions entered into an Interlocal Agreement under the authority of the Interlocal Cooperation Act and agreed on a Public Participation Program (PPP). Links to supporting documents are provided below:

Interlocal Agreement

SMA Grant Agreement

Public Participation Program

Timeline for public participation

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