Shoreline Master Program Home
If you own waterfront property in unincorporated Thurston County, the Current SMP, adopted in 1990 spells out building rules, allowable land uses and zoning. An SMP Code Update Project is now underway.
The current shoreline rules and policies for unincorporated Thurston County apply to marine shorelines (Puget Sound), rivers with a flow greater than 20 cubic feet per second, lakes larger than 20 acres, upland areas within 200 feet of these water bodies, and the floodplains and wetlands associated with these shorelines.
New SMP (Code Update Project now underway)
Washington's Department of Ecology requires counties to update their shoreline building and development regulations from time to time. A county SMP update project is nearing completion. Review the SMP documents to learn more about it, or visit the Public Participation page to submit a comment, read comments submitted by other or subscribe to our email list for updates.
- Learn more by viewing the SMP Update story map
- See the options for Public Participation in the SMP Update project
- View the SMP Update Documents
Project Timeline for the SMP Code Update
|Happening Now (Q2 2023)||The county plans to submit its proposed SMP to Washington's Dept. of Ecology (DOE)|
|Q1 2023||BoCC work session & public hearing on February 22, 2023.|
|Q3-Q4 2022||Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) reviewed the draft SMP.|
|Q4 2021 - Q2 2022||Citizen advisory group, the Planning Commission, work sessions to review the SMP and prepare their recommendation for the BoCC.|
|Q3 2021||Planning Commission Public Hearing on October 20, 2021.|
|Q3-Q4 2021||Public Hearing draft published; outreach and virtual open house.|
|2017-2021||Planning Commission review of drafts.|
|2009||Update of 1990 SMP begins: research, data, analysis, initial public outreach.|