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Island County Shorelines Master Program Update PDF Print E-mail
Written by Allison Warner   
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 09:11

Shoreline Master Program 
Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas

NEW! ISLAND COUNTY HAS COMPLETED ITS ISLAND COUNTY SHORELINE INVENTORY AND CHARACTERIZATION. IT IS NOW POSTED ON THE WEBSITE AND HAS GONE TO DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY FOR COMMENT. EACH SECTION OF SHORELINE HAS BEEN CATEGORIZED IN A DETAILED INVENTORY. YOU CAN FIND YOUR SHORELINE AREA, OR THOSE YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WITHIN THIS REPORT. PLEASE GO TO THE COUNTY WEBSITE: http://www.islandcounty.net/planning/shorelines.htm PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT INVENTORY TO THE EMAIL LISTED BELOW OR CONTACT Karen Stewart at   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  (360)678-2348


In 2010, Island County has begun its required update of its Shoreline Master Program and Fish and Wildlife regulations.  A consultant has been hired and has begun to develop a community outreach plan. Several community meetings will be held in 2011 to help with development of the new regulations. As part of the grant tasks, the consultant will co-facilitate a community visioning process with County staff to include as many citizens as possible to determine goals for future use of the shoreline. The visioning process will identify shoreline problems, opportunities and management strategies. The information gained through the visioning process will guide the overarching strategy for shoreline uses, public access, resource protection, restoration and economic development consistent with SMA policy and SMP guidelines. The precise schedule and approach for this public outreach effort will be developed in the public participation plan noted above. The three year process is targeted for final adoption at the end of 2012. 

These projects will require extensive public participation.  In the future, the County will host a number of workshops for citizens to obtain information and provide comments relating to the update of the SMP and Fish and wildlife regulations.  We are planning an educational meeting in January 2012 about the life of baby salmon in the estuary.

Please go to the county website for more info.  There is a very interesting Department of Ecology Coastal atlas that has oblique aerials of the coastline at the shorelines link.  All interested parties should email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it to be kept up-to-date with the most current information.  

 

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