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Kittitas (pronounced 'kit-i-tass') County is located in central Washington
State. It spans from the lush forested Cascade Mountains to the upper Yakima River Valley plains and
the Columbia River.
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.
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
must be submitted to the Department of Ecology for review and approval before it becomes effective,
a process which may result in revisions to the SMP. For more information regarding Ecology's review,
please see WAC 173-26-120.
As part of the regional Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update effort underway in Kittitas County, City
of Ellensburg, City of Cle Elum, and Town of South Cle Elum, each jurisdiction has drafted an updated
Shoreline Master Program tailored to local shorelines and preferences. The Final Draft SMPs are now
available for public review and comment. The 60-day review and comment period ends March 31, 2014.
Revised draft shoreline master programs were prepared for all four jurisdictions and are currently under
review by the Technical Advisory Committee and Citizen Advisory Committee. The Revised Draft SMPs can
be viewed on the meeting materials page under the December 4, 2013 heading of either the Technical Advisory
Committee or Citizen Advisory Committee. Feedback from the committees will be considered for inclusion
in the January 2014 Final Draft SMP.
An initial draft shoreline master program, based on staff recommendations and comments from the
Citizen Advisory Committee (CAC), was released in January of 2013.
Written comments were collected and considered
for inclusion in the October 2013 Revised Draft SMPs.
Kittitas County has a total area of 2,333 square miles. The highest point in the county is Mount Daniel at 7,959 feet above sea level.