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Shoreline Master Program: 2021 Periodic Review

Project Announcements

A 30-day comment period for the Draft SMP will be conducted soon.

Open House

A virtual open house was held on Tuesday, April 13, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Please see the following attachments for more information.

Please Send Comments to:

Email: LongRangePlanning@co.yakima.wa.us

Mail: Long Range Planning Division, 128 N. 2nd St., Fourth Floor Courthouse, Yakima, WA 98901


The following documents are drafts and not to be construed to be the final action for implementation or enforcement.

Project Background

Yakima County is conducting a periodic review of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) as required by RCW 90.58.080. The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971 is intended to protect shoreline natural resources including land, vegetation, wildlife, and aquatic habitats against adverse environmental effects. All allowed uses are required to offset adverse environmental impacts as much as possible and preserve the natural character and aesthetics of the shoreline. The SMA requires each SMP to be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature. The deadline for this review is June 30, 2021. 

The minimum scope of the review requires that the SMP:

  • Complies with applicable law and guidelines in effect at the time of the review;
  • Is consistent with Yakima County's comprehensive plan - Horizon 2040, Yakima County Code (the Unified Land Development Code) Title 19, and if applicable other local requirements;
  • Process provides the method for bringing the SMP into compliance with the requirements of the act that have been added or changed since the last review and for responding to changes in guidelines adopted by the department, together with a review for consistency with amended comprehensive plans and regulations;
  • Periodic review addresses changes in requirements of the act and guidelines requirements since the comprehensive update or the last periodic review, and changes for consistency with revised comprehensive plans and regulations, together with any changes deemed necessary to reflect changed circumstances, new information or improved data.


Ecology Periodic Review ProcessSource: State of Washington Department of Ecology

Public Participation

Yakima County has elected to use the Optional Joint Review Process that combines the local and state public comment periods required by RCW 90.58.090 and WAC 173-26-104. Yakima County's Public Participation Plan will be available once it is approved.

Project Timelines

The SMP is required to be updated by June 30, 2021. A detailed project timeline will be available once finalized.


This section is reserved for posting public comments received from future public comment periods.


For questions or more information regarding the Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review, please contact Noelle Madera or call (509) 574-2300.

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