Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review

Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs) are local land-use policies and regulations that guide use of Washington shorelines. SMPs apply to both public and private uses for Washington’s more than 28,000 miles of lake, stream, wetland, and marine shorelines. They protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses.

Jefferson County is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (Chapter 18.25 Jefferson County Code), as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58.080(4). The SMA requires each 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 Jefferson County plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data.

The SMP periodic review includes a “public participation plan” that requires early and continuous public participation throughout the process of reviewing the SMP. Visit this page often to keep track of notices, briefings and public hearings at the Planning Commission and by the Board of County Commissioners, as well as links to relevant documents and additional information.

Supporting Links

Shoreline Management Act - SMA
Shoreline Master Program – JCC 18.25


SMP Planning Process 2022-2023

See below for description of the initial planning process conducted in 2020 and 2021:

  • including interactive Story Map with information about shoreline environment designations and approved shoreline permits 

The Washington Department of Ecology is required under WAC 173-26-104(3)(b) to make an initial determination of consistency with applicable laws and rules. Jefferson County submitted a proposed SMP to Ecology in 2021. Ecology responded in September 2022. Ecology initial recommendations and requirements linked here.

The June 7, 2023 Planning Commission was dedicated to a review of what's happened to date and what to expect next. An open house and special meeting was held on June 29, 2023.


Planning Commission Open House and Special Meeting

  • Location: Tri-Area Community Center, 10 W Valley Rd Chimacum, WA 98325
  • Date: June 29, 2023
  • Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Update Open House: 4:30-5:30
  • Planning Commission Special Meeting, SMP Study Session: 5:30-7:30

Meeting Description: The Open House was an informal session for the public to view a draft of the Shoreline User Guide and ask questions about the SMP Periodic Update. Shared: current Shoreline Environment Designation map and excerpts of the Draft Shoreline User Guide. Highlighted: public input to date 2020-2023 including the prior survey and the current effort to understand how to improve the SMP permit process. Study Session: Planning Commission reviewed draft revisions to the SMP in response to the Washington Department of Ecology Initial Determination of Consistency. BERK Consulting provided a slide presentation during the Planning Commission meeting. [ Additional Information.]


SMP Update Submittal to Department of Ecology 6/30/23 to close out grant agreement

Note: Changes pending to SMP update proposal prior to releasing for public comment as part of Planning Commission review.

  • SMP Progress Draft – Progress draft set of revisions to the SMP in response to Ecology recommended and required comments.
  • SMP Periodic Review Checklist – Tool for cities and counties subject to the SMA to ensure their SMP complies with current state laws, rules, and guidance and is consistent with the local comprehensive plan and development regulations.
  • SMP Ocean Management Checklist – Tool for cities and counties in Clallam, Jefferson, Grays Harbor, and Pacific Counties to use to ensure their SMP implements the Ocean Resource Management Act (ORMA) and is consistent with the Washington State Marine Spatial Plan.
  • Initial Determination Matrix – Set of required and recommended changes from Department of Ecology.
  • Project Permit Application Framework – Proposed amendments to JCC 18.40.040 that change shoreline substantial development permits under the Jefferson County SMP from a Type III permit decision to a Type II permit decision.
  • Draft Shoreline User Guide – Progress draft of Shoreline User Guide, a document intended to help residents, applicants, and those who prepare documents on behalf of their clients understand some of the shoreline policies, regulations, and permitting processes.


Planning Commission meeting 8/2/2023


Planning Commission meeting with public hearing 10/4/2023


Planning Commission meeting 10/18/2023 - deliberation on SMP proposal


Planning Commission meeting 11/1/2023 - SMP recommendation, part 1

  • Following deliberation on October 18, the Planning Commission was expected to affirm/reach a recommendation to Board of County Commissioners (Board) on the SMP update at its November 1 meeting
    • To that end, staff and consultants prepared a compete SMP update proposal based on Planning Commission deliberation at its October 18, 2023 meeting (posted October 27, 2023)
    • In response to a motion made a the November 1 meeting to forward the SMP amendment proposal linked above to the Board as the Planning Commission recommendation, Planning Commissioners voted 3-3-1 (three yes, three no, one abstention, and two absences), resulting in there being no Planning Commission recommendation to the Board regarding the SMP at that time.


Planning Commission meeting 11/15/2023 - SMP recommendation, part 2

  • The Planning Commission continued deliberations on the SMP update at its regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, November 15.


Board of County Commissioners briefing 12/11/2023 - public hearing set


Board of County Commissioners public hearing 1/8/2024


Board of County Commissioners workshop 1/16/2024

  • Board of County Commissioners (Board) held a workshop on January 16, 2024 (per January 15 holiday), 2:00 PM, and scheduled deliberations for Monday, January 22, 3:30 PM


Board of County Commissioners deliberations 1/22/2024

  • Board of County Commissioners (Board) deliberated on January 22, 2024, 3:30 PM, and scheduled continued deliberations for Monday, February 5, 2:00 PM
    • Slide presentation from staff & consultants, including set of policy options for Board consideration 


Board of County Commissioners deliberations 2/5/2024

  • Board of County Commissioners (Board) deliberated on February 5, 2024, 2:00 PM, and scheduled next meeting for deliberations on proposed SMP amendments for February 26


Board of County Commissioners deliberations & continued public hearing 2/26/2024

  • Board of County Commissioners (Board) continued deliberations on proposed SMP amendments on February 26, beginning at 9:30 AM 
    • Proposed SMP amendments - Planning Commission recommendation with Board direction based on deliberations to date - posted February 16
    • Staff Report for February 26 deliberations - posted February 22
    • Oral testimony received as part of Board session
    • Next scheduled Board session is March 18 - See next steps below


Next Steps:

  • Board of County Commissioners (Board) continued deliberations and public hearing on proposed SMP amendments scheduled for March 18, 10:00 AM to noon 
    • Anticipated to include draft ordinance for local adoption of SMP amendments - to be posted on or around March 6 along with technical amendments and corrections to February 16 version linked above
    • Public hearing remains open - written comments accepted anytime up to March 18 session - oral testimony anticipated on March 18 along with ordinance consideration
  • Following Board adoption of SMP amendments via ordinance, DCD staff submits to Ecology for consideration
  • Although the Joint Process for ECY and county review was used in 2020-2021, we have shifted back to the Standard Process (WAC 173-26-100), which means that after the county process with Board adoption, the Ecology review process will start with a state comment period
  • Following the Ecology comment period, Ecology determines whether to accept the county proposal or require changes (as outlined in the Shoreline Management Act and corresponding Washington Administrative Code)


SMP Planning Process 2020-2021

Task Force

The SMP Update Task Force was formed in 2020 and first met on-line on September 21, 2020 – See Agendas. You can watch past meetings by going on-line to the County website HERE. See past minutes HERE. Meeting Materials HERE.

Planning Commission

The Public Participation portion of the project began with the Planning Commission meeting on September 16, 2020. Please see the Power Point Presentation HERE and the Story Map HERE.

Joint Review with Planning Commission and Department of Ecology

30-day Joint Review with Jefferson County Planning Commission & WA Department of Ecology – Public comment period for Final Draft Code Revision and Checklist Public Comment Period was May 17-June 16, 2021. Planning Commission Public Hearing was Wednesday June 16, 2021. Review the Notice, Staff Report, Final Draft Code and Checklist: HERE.  

Draft SMP

Hearing Draft SMP and Checklist HERE. This draft will be revised based upon Department of Ecology review and additional comments received. Planning Commission public hearing on the final draft to be held June 16, 2021. 

October 2021 initial submittal of periodic review amendments to the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Per Planning Commission recommendations- linked here.

Story Map

Please try out our interactive story map to see the Shoreline Designations, the Department of Ecology approved shoreline permits issued over the last five years, and our Shoreline Development Survey HERE.

Public Participation Plan

Click HERE to view the Public Participation Plan. Below is a list of Public Participation opportunities:

When

Opportunity

2020

September 17 to  November 30

Community Survey – Available online or request a hard copy by email. Provide your input to 13 questions about local shorelines and the current SMP.

September 21

SMP Task Force Meeting #1 – View the recorded video and meeting minutes.

September 28

SMP Task Force Meeting #2 - View the recorded video and meeting minutes.

October 5

SMP Task Force Meeting #3 – View the Agenda, recorded video, and meeting minutes.

October 12

SMP Task Force Meeting #4 - View the Agenda, and watch the recorded video.

October 16Staff Presentation to Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce -  Watch the recorded video

October 29

Staff Presentation to Jefferson County Association of Realtors (JCAR) Membership Meeting – 11:30 am @ Chimacum Grange Hall; Public comments welcome
November 11Marine Resource Committee Virtual Meeting
6:00 PM

For joining by computer: https://wsu.zoom.us/j/779107082
For joining by phone (long distance): +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 779 107 082

Meeting Agenda
December 30SMP Task Force Meeting #5 – to review changes to SMP Draft resulting from Task Force recommendations. View the Agenda and Power Point

2021

February 4JC Home Builders Developers Roundtable Thu, Feb 4, 2021 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (PST). Please listen to the meeting from your phone: United States: +1 (646) 749-3122 Access Code: 777-136-045

May 17, 2021 to June 16, 2021


30-day Joint Review with Jefferson County Planning Commission & WA Department of Ecology – Final Draft revisions and checklist available May 17th - including a Public Comment Period (May 17 - June 16, 2021) & Planning Commission Public Hearing (Wednesday June 16, 2021 5:30pm); Review the Notice, Staff Report, Final Draft Code and Checklist:HERE   Submit your written comments and/or verbal testimony on the proposed SMP revisions to djohnson@co.jefferson.wa.us (360)379-4465, 621 Sheridan St. Port Townsend, WA 98368

February to October

Jefferson County Planning Commission Regular Meeting(s) – 5:30 pm on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays; for deliberation on the proposal, consideration of public comments, and a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. PC Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Audio Recordings page, and virtual meeting access via call-in.

*Specific dates, materials & meeting information to be determined; check back for details.

October

October 2021 initial submittal of periodic review amendments to the Jefferson County Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

Per Planning Commission recommendations - linked here.

2022
September 

September 2022 Ecology is required under WAC 173-26-104(3)(b) to make an initial determination of consistency with applicable laws and rules.

Ecology initial recommendations and requirements shared- linked here.

2023
April

Ecology grant agreement to support additional effort on periodic review- linked here.

June-August

SMP Task Force

Invited to Planning Commission. Other specific meetings to be determined.
June- October

Jefferson County Planning Commission Regular Meeting(s) – 5:30 pm on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays; for deliberation on the proposal, consideration of public comments, and a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners. PC Meeting Agendas, Minutes & Audio Recordings page, and virtual meeting access via call-in.

*Specific dates, materials & meeting information to be determined; check back for details.

November-December

Board of County Commissioners Regular Meetings – 9:00 am on Mondays, virtual meeting access via live stream; review of Planning Commission Recommendation, deliberations and legislative action for local approval.

*Specific dates, materials & meeting information to be determined; check back for details.

 

Additional Project Information:

  • Join the SMP Email List by sending your first & last name to the Project Manager.

Survey

Please take our survey on Shoreline Development: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MKYMW3N

Contacts 

Josh D. Peters, AICP (he/him/his) 

Director, Jefferson County Department of Community Development ( DCD ) 

360-379-4488