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Shoreline Master Programs Handbook

Publication number Date Published Date Revised
11-06-010August 2009December 2017
VIEW NOW Shoreline Master Programs Handbook (Number of pages: 3) (Publication Size: 216KB)
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Chapter 1 - Introduction
(3 pages) (92KB)

Chapter 2 - Shoreline Management Overview
(24 pages) (537KB)

Chapter 3 - All phases: Shoreline Master Program Planning Process
(38 pages) (1MB)

Chapter 4 - No Net Loss of Shoreline Ecological Functions
(29 pages) (522KB)

Chapter 5 - Shoreline Jurisdiction
(35 pages) (2MB)

Chapter 6 - Public Participation
(28 pages) (250KB)

Chapter 7 - Shoreline Inventory and Characterization
(17 pages) (368KB)

Chapter 8 - Shoreline Use Analysis
(9 pages) (717KB)

Chapter 9 - Shoreline Public Access
(31 pages) (964KB)

Chapter 10 - Community Visioning
(53 pages) (3MB)

Chapter 11 - Vegetation Conservation, Buffers and Setbacks
(42 pages) (1MB)

Chapter 12 - Piers, Docks and Overwater Structures
(22 pages) (703KB)

Chapter 13 - Shoreline Environment Designations
(30 pages) (1MB)

Chapter 14 - Legally Existing Uses and Development
(28 pages) (922KB)

Chapter 15 - Shoreline Stabilization
(77 pages) (5MB)

Chapter 16 - Aquaculture
(78 pages) (2MB)

Chapter 17 - Cumulative Impacts Analysis
(18 pages) (374KB)

Chapter 18 - Integration of Critical Areas Ordinances
(10 pages) (309KB)

Appendix A - Addressing Sea Level Rise in Shoreline Master Programs
(11 pages) (576KB)

Appendix B - Model language for cultural resources and forest practices
(9 pages) (144KB)

Appendix C - Shoreline Master Program Submittal Checklist
(31 pages) (501KB)

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Author(s) Ecology
The Shoreline Master Programs Handbook (SMP Handbook) is a guide for local governments that are developing or updating Shoreline Master Programs in Washington State. The Handbook provides guidance for meeting the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58), the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26, Part III) and the SMP procedural rules (WAC 173-26, Parts I and II). The Handbook also provides information and resources to help in making decisions on SMP environment designations, policies and regulations and addresses topics such as shoreline stabilization, aquaculture and public participation.
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Keywords Shoreline Master Program Guidelines, shoreline stabilization, shoreline management act, shoreline management, Shoreline Master Program, critical area ordinance, aquaculture
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