Process | Timeline


Shoreline Master Program (SMP) updates are done in six phases, as recommended by the Department of Ecology:

  1. Determine the preliminary shoreline jurisdiction, or where the SMPapplies, and draft a public participation plan. This phase has been completed.
  2. Inventory, analyze, and identify shoreline function, ecosystem process, public access and shoreline use, and potential protection and restoration areas for the shoreline areas. The Final Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report, completed in May of 2013, is available for review on the reports and analyses page. This phase has been completed.
  3. Develop policies and regulations for all types of shoreline designations in the County. An Initial Draft SMP was released in January of 2013. The Final Draft SMP was released for public comment in January of 2014. This phase has been completed.
  4. Analyze cumulative impacts, demonstrate no-net-loss of ecological function, and identify ways to restore shoreline ecological functions. This phase has been completed.
  5. Kittitas County and each participating city/town will conduct their own review and approval process to adopt individual Shoreline Master Programs. The jurisdictions have worked together to develop policies and regulations that are as consistent as possible across boundaries. On December 2, 2014, the Kittitas County Board of County Commissioners approved the County's updated SMP. This phase is complete.
  6. Submit updates to the Department of Ecology for approval. All SMPs must be locally approved no later than December 31, 2014. The County will submit the locally approved SMP to Ecology in December 2014.