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

The Task Force has been formed and will begin meeting on-line starting Monday, September 21, 2020 – see Agendas  To view this meeting live use this link:,-1&target=_blank&tabs=rec%7Clive%7Cupc&regcode=  You can also dial in using your phone United States: +1 (224) 501-3412 Access Code: 234-361-397.

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.

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:




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:
For joining by phone (long distance): +1 253 215 8782
Meeting ID: 779 107 082

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


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

January xx* to February xx*

30-day Joint Review with Jefferson County Planning Commission & WA Department of Ecology – including a Public Comment Period & Public Hearing; Submit your written comments and/or verbal testimony on the proposed SMP revisions.

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

February xx*

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.

March xx* to June xx*

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:

  • Stay tuned for project announcements & media coverage: Peninsula Daily News and KPTZ.
  • Join the SMP Email List by sending your first & last name to the Project Manager.


Please take our survey on Shoreline Development:

Draft SMP

Proposed Draft SMP and Checklist HERE. This draft will be revised based upon Department of Ecology review and additional comments received. Deadline for the Final Draft is March 31st, 2021. Planning Commission public hearing on the final draft to be determined


David Wayne Johnson, Associate Planner, Long Range Planning

Supporting Links

Shoreline Management Act - SMA
Shoreline Master Program – JCC 18.25