Mason County is conducting a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), consistent with the State Shoreline Management Act (SMA; RCW 90.58) and Ecology’s Periodic Review Rule set forth in WAC 173-26-90. The Program was last comprehensively updated in 2017. This current process is not a comprehensive update. The intent of this periodic review is the following:

  • to revise code as necessary to incorporate updates to the Shoreline Management Act as prescribed by the Washington State Department of Ecology
  • to assure consistency of the SMP with Comprehensive Plan and development regulations
  • to provide clarifications to improve implementation and accessibility of the Shoreline Master Program

The SMP is both a planning document that sets policy and a set of development regulations for the County’s shoreline areas, including adjacent upland areas within 200 feet of designated shorelines. The primary policy objectives of the SMA are to encourage water-dependent and water-oriented uses, protect the shoreline ecology and natural resources, and promote public access.

Public Participation Plan

The public participation plan describes steps the County will take to provide the public with opportunities to engage in the periodic review process.

Click Here to access the Public Participation Plan

Public Engagement Opportunities

Public meetings, comment periods, and opportunities for public feedback will be located here when they become available.

COMMENT PERIODS (MORE TO BE ADDED)

Date

Purpose

Comments

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May 13, 2021 through June 14, 2021 at 5pm

Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review & Amendment(s) – 30 day Joint Local/State Public Comment Period

Send Comments to staff, Marissa Watson at MWatson@masoncountywa.gov or mail to: 615 W. Alder St.; Shelton, WA 98584

Hard copies of proposed amendments will be available for public viewing at 615 W. Alder St.; Shelton, WA 98584

Summary of proposed amendments: Consistency Review document

  1. Draft – Title 17.50 Shoreline Master Program
  2. Draft – Title 8.52 Resource Ordinance
  3. Draft – Appendix B of Resource Ordinance
  4. Draft – Title 15 Development Code
  5. Mason County also received a citizen-initiated proposal to change the shoreline environmental designation (SED) from conservancy to rural along the shoreline of two parcels. Re-evaluation of SEDs is not required for SMP periodic reviews, but the County can accept citizen proposals for these types of changes to be reviewed by the Planning Advisory Commission with public hearing. Final approval resides with the WA Dept. of Ecology.
  6. Citizen Request for Change of SED

May 13, 2021 through May 27, 2021 at 5pm

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) Determination of Non-Significance (DNS) - 14 Day Comment Period

Send Comments to staff, Marissa Watson at MWatson@masoncountywa.gov or mail to: 615 W. Alder St.; Shelton, WA 98584

MEETING DATES (MORE TO BE ADDED)

Date

Purpose

Location

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July 19, 2021

Planning Advisory Commission Continued Public Hearing: Mason County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review (required under RCW 90.58.080(4))

Virtual

Contact Mariah Frazier at mfrazier@masoncountywa.gov for a link to the meeting.

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here - Also see Proposed Code Amendments section below

June 21, 2021

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop & Public Hearing: Workshop: Shoreline Environmental Designation change request – citizen initiated.

Public Hearing: Mason County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review (required under RCW 90.58.080(4)).

Virtual

Contact Mariah Frazier at mfrazier@masoncountywa.gov for a link to the meeting.

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here - Also see Proposed Code Amendments section below

April 19, 2021

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop: Draft Amendments Title 17.50 - Shoreline Master Program, Title 8.52 - Resource Ordinance, and Title 15 – Development Code. Also, citizen request for change in Shoreline Environmental Designation.

Virtual

Contact Mariah Frazier at mfrazier@masoncountywa.gov for a link to the meeting.

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here - Also see Proposed Code Amendments section below

February 22, 2021

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop: Draft Amendments Shoreline Master Program and Resource Ordinance.

Virtual

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here - Also see Proposed Code Amendments section below

October 19, 2020

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop: Public Participation Plan

Virtual

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here


July 27, 2020

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop: Public Participation Plan

Virtual

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here


June 22, 2020

Planning Advisory Commission Workshop: Public Participation Plan

Virtual

Please see Agenda, Minutes, & Audio for respective date located Here

 

Proposed Code Amendments

Draft code amendments will be located here when available.

PAC CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING 07.19.21 Materials

Please use the Consistency Review document as a table summary of the proposed changes to the SMP, Resource Ordinance, and the Development Code. See highlighted items for proposed draft revisions since previous PAC meeting on 06.21.21. Also available is the Periodic Review 2020-2021 Comment Matrix with staff responses.

PAC WORKSHOP & PUBLIC HEARING 06.21.21 Materials

Workshop: (Request Withdrawn) Shoreline Environmental Designation change request – citizen initiated

Public Hearing: Mason County Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review and Update

Please use the Consistency Review document as a table summary of the proposed changes to the SMP, Resource Ordinance, and the Development Code. See highlighted items for proposed draft revisions since previous PAC meeting on 04.19.21. Also, citizen request to change shoreline environmental designation is included in review for this public hearing.

PAC WORKSHOP 04.19.21 Materials

Please use the Consistency Review document as a table summary of the proposed changes. See highlighted items for proposed draft revisions since previous PAC meeting on 02.22.21.

PAC WORKSHOP 02.22.21 Materials

Periodic Review Timeline: October 2020 – October 2021

This is a tentative schedule and is dependent on public response and whether the County and State utilize the full time allowed to respond to public comment and provide a consistency determination (see WAC 173-26-104).
Periodic Review Timeline

SMP Periodic Review FAQs

Click Here to read the SMP Periodic Review FAQ document. This document will be updated as questions are received.

Join SMP Notification List or Send Comments/Questions

Click Here to join notification list, provide comments, or ask questions concerning the 2021 SMP Periodic Review Update.