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 such as “best available science.”

Task Force

We will be forming a Task Force to explore and analyze issues related to the SMP and regulatory reform. If you or someone you know has an interest in serving on the Task Force, please contact David Wayne Johnson, below.

Public Participation Plan

Click HERE to view the Public Participation Plan.


Coming soon! Check back here later in August!


David Wayne Johnson, Associate Planner, Long Range Planning

Supporting Links

Shoreline Management Act - SMA
Shoreline Master Program – JCC 18.25