Planning and Development Services
Shoreline Master Program Update
Skagit County (along with every other city and county in the state) is working on updating our 1970s-era shoreline regulations. Our shoreline plans are required by the state Shoreline Management Act ("the SMA"), which was approved by Washington voters in a 1972 referendum. Read these frequently-asked questions (including myth-busters) about the Shoreline Master Program update.
Comment Period ClosedThe comment period on this legislative proposal is now closed. For details, see:
Proposed SMP Update Drafts
SMP Public Comment Release Draft (February 2016)
The policies, development regulations, and environment designation map below constitute the proposed County regulations on which the Planning Commission will issue a recommendation and that the Board of County Commissioners will eventually adopt.
- Staff Report to the Board of County Commissioners (September 1, 2016)
- Planning Commission Recorded Motion (August 17, 2016)
- Supplemental Staff Report #5 (August 9, 2016)
- Supplemental Staff Report #4 (July 14, 2016)
- Supplemental Staff Report #3 (June 5, 2016)
- Supplemental Staff Report #2 (April 21, 2016)
- Supplemental Staff Report #1 (April 15, 2016)
- Public Comments (April 7, 2016)
- Staff report and FAQ (February 5, 2016)
- Shoreline Master Program policies and development regulations (February 4, 2016)
- Supplemental Changes to SCC 14.04, 14.06, 14.24 (February 4, 2016)
- Environment Designation Maps (July 8, 2013)
The documents below are background and supplemental studies, reports, and data that the state requires Skagit County prepare for its SMP Update.
- Cumulative Impacts Analysis report (March 4, 2016)
- No Net Loss Report (March 4, 2016)
- Shoreline Restoration Plan (June 20, 2013)
- Shoreline Restoration Plan Maps (June 27, 2013)
- Shoreline Restoration Plan Addendum (February 2016)
- Shoreline Conceptual Restoration Plan (July 2013)
- Shoreline Analysis Report for Skagit County, Hamilton, and Lyman (September 1, 2011)
- Appendix A : Skagit County Assessment of Shoreline Jurisdiction
- Appendix B : Shoreline Inventory Map Folio
- Appendix C : List of Historic and Cultural Resources
- Appendix D : Maps of Reaches Used in Functional Analysis
- Appendix E : Functional Analysis Scoring Results
- Appendix F : Methodology for Land Use Capacity Analysis
- SEPA Checklist (January 27, 2016)
Planning Commission Update Memos
The County Planning Commission spent the last two years reviewing and offering detailed feedback on older drafts of the SMP.
- Planning Commission Update Memo (January 27, 2016)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (January 13, 2016)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (May 26, 2015)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (April 22, 2015)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (February 24, 2015)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (June 24, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (May 29, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (May 14, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (April 23, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (April 8, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (March 25, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (March 11, 2014)
- Planning Commission Update Memo (February 25, 2014; corrected March 12, 2014)
Older SMP Update Drafts
Draft for Planning Commission Review #2 and Review
Memo (February 4, 2014)
Draft for Ecology's Preliminary Review (1.4MB, February 4, 2013)
memo to Ecology
Draft Aquaculture Section (sent to Ecology April 10, 2013)
- Working Draft Aquaculture Section (sent to Ecology April 10, 2013)
Working Draft (May 22, 2012)
- Draft Environment Designation Maps (caution: 42MB PDF, May 22, 2012)
How to Participate & Comment
Summary of Public Participation Process
Skagit County is following this Public Participation Plan (PDF) to expand opportunities for public comment and involvement in development of the updated Shoreline Master Program. The draft SMP update will also go through the required public process for land use legislation found in Skagit County Code 14.08.
|May 2011.||Notice mailed to all unincorporated county ~andowners|
|June 7. 2011||Concrete Visioning workshop|
|June 8, 2011||Lyman Visioning workshop|
|June 15, 2011||Mount Vernon Visioning workshop|
|July 13, 2011||Anacortes Visioning workshop|
|May 22, 2012||First working draft released|
|June 2012||Informal comment period on first working draft|
|February 4. 2013||Working draft for Ecology's preliminarry review released|
|Summer 2013||Open houses in Concrete. Lyman , Mount Vernon, and Anacortes|
|Spring 2014||Revised draft elements for Planning Commission workshops|
|2015||Revised draft elements for Planning Commission final review before public comment|
|February 5, 2016||Revised draft released; written comment period starts|
|February 26, 2016||Expected release of analysis documents|
|March 15, 2016||Planning Commission public hearing at 6pm|
|April 4, 2016||Written comment period ends|
|April-August 2016||Planning Commission deliberations on comments and draft|
|August 2016||Planning Commission issues recommendation on draft|
|2018||Board of County Commissioners preliminary approval|
|Expected w/n 12 mos||Ecology preliminary approval|
|Following||Board of County Commissioners adoption|
|Following||Ecology final approval|
Skagit County received a state grant to fund development of the SMP Update for the County itself, as well as the towns of Lyman and Hamilton.
- SMP Grant Agreement with Ecology | Amendment
- Consultant contract with the Watershed Company | Amendment
In May and June 2013, Skagit County held open houses in Mount Vernon, Anacortes, Lyman, and Concrete to discuss the draft shoreline plan and get feedback from the public. The format for the open houses was informal discussions with County staff and the consultant team to answer questions and provide information and to receive input on the SMP, which is reflected in this report.
The Department held visioning workshops in Concrete, Lyman, Mount Vernon, and Anacortes June-July 2011 and presented this Visioning Workshops SMP Background Presentation. The result of those workshops is summarized in this Visioning Workshops Summary.
Shoreline Advisory Committee
The Board of County Commissioners has appointed a 17-member advisory committee to help review draft materials and advise the Planning & Development Services Department throughout the update process. Meetings are open to the public, and agendas, minutes and schedules are available on the committee website.
Public Comment on First Working Draft
The Department accepted comments on the first working draft from May 22 through June 29, 2012.
The Skagit County Planning Commission has been reviewing and providing feedback on early drafts as they are prepared by the County's consultant, staff, and the advisory committee. The Planning Commission will also review the formal complete draft, and hold at least one public hearing on it.
Board of County Commissioners
The Board of County Commissioners will review the document after the Planning Commission issues its recommendation, and make a decision on it consistent with the process in Skagit County Code 14.08.
Shoreline Master Programs have to be approved by the Department of Ecology to be valid. After the Board approves the document, Ecology will approve it or make comments. The Board may need to make changes to the document before final Ecology approval.
Where We Are Now (updated 2/4/14)
The Department has produced a complete working draft of the updated Shoreline Master Program after addressing Planning Commission and Ecology comments and rewriting for clarity, consistency, and brevity. The Planning Commission will review and make suggestions on this draft approximately on the schedule described by this memobefore a new draft is prepared for public comment and public hearing.
- Comments on early drafts received through June 29, 2012
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- Dept of Ecology's Citizen's Guide to SMP Updates
- Dept of Ecology’s Shoreline Master Program Handbook
- MRSC's Guide to the Shoreline Management Act
- Washington State Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58)
- Dept of Ecology's rules implementing the SMA (WAC 173-26 and 173-27)
Betsy Stevenson, AICP, Project Manager
Skagit County Planning & Development Services