Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Current Shoreline Master Program

Link to the current Shoreline Master Program (adopted 2/23/1981)(PDF)

Link to SEPA Ordinance(PDF)

Link to SEPA Environmental Checklist(PDF)

Shoreline Master Program Comprehensive Update & Periodic Review

Starting in 2014, the County has completed most of the required process for a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Comprehensive Update and the April 2022 Draft SMP (Resolution 53-22) is now pending state review and final approval.

The County is now conducting a related but separate Periodic Review of its SMP, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58.080(4). The SMA requires each local SMP be reviewed, and revised if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature. The review ensures the SMP stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other Wahkiakum County plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data. Where the comprehensive update was a complete overhaul and rewrite, the periodic review is focused on specific issues of consistency as well as any new local considerations, as identified by Ecology’s Periodic Review Checklist and Checklist Guidance. The review process will determine if revisions to the Draft SMP are needed or if it’s adequate as proposed. Public involvement is important and the County will use a variety of methods to inform, engage, and encourage input from residents and other stakeholders. This project webpage will be the main location for project status, events, and related documents – check back often!


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Project Documents

SMP Timeline Graphic

Draft SMP (April 2022)

Public Participation Plan (August 2022)


9/22/22 - Planning Commission Meeting - Public Open House for project kick-off & Distribute SMP Survey

In person or Zoom (click Zoom to be taken to Zoom meeting information)

10/27/22 - Planning Commission Meeting - Project Scoping, Survey Results, Initial Draft Checklist

Check the website for future events

Community Survey

The survey will be available in two formats, online and paper. 

Paper Survey: We will be distributing the paper survey at the September Planning Commission Meeting and click here for a link to a PDF that can be downloaded, printed and filled out. All handwritten surveys must be returned to the Building and Planning office by 4pm Friday 10/21/2022 to be a part of the results. 

Online Survey: The online survey will be available to be filled out between 9/22/2022 and 10/23/2022. Click here for link to survey for you to be able to fill it out online. Once the survey is closed, the link will not work and will be removed.

Results: The results will be discussed during the October Planning Commission Meeting.

Background Information

Property Rights Advisory Committee Presentation (October 2021)

SMP SEPA Update - SEPA Checklist 2021

Highlighted Changes Between CREST and Property Board

SMP Update Documents (CREST)