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.

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.


Please take our survey on Shoreline Development:


David Wayne Johnson, Associate Planner, Long Range Planning

Supporting Links

Shoreline Management Act - SMA
Shoreline Master Program – JCC 18.25