Shorelines

To register to attend the October 20 public hearing on Zoom, visit the Planning Commission's meetings webpage.

If you own waterfront property in unincorporated Thurston County, current shoreline codes are in the 1990 Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which spells out allowable land uses and zoning. The current SMP code was adopted in 1990. An update to the code is now underway, and the public comment period is open. Comments submitted through October 22, 2021 will be included in the Planning Commission public hearing record.  You may submit a comment by clicking here.

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What's new?

Draft changes to the Shoreline Master Program are currently under review by the Planning Commission. This is an iterative process. The Planning Commission is carefully reviewing potential draft changes to the SMP and directing staff to add options, provide clarification where necessary, and ensuring compliance with state requirements.

What's next?

The Planning Commission has scheduled a public hearing on the Shoreline Master Program update for October 20th, 2021 at 7 pm. To register to attend the October 20 public hearing on Zoom, visit the Planning Commission's meetings webpage.

Can I comment?

Public comment will be accepted by the Planning Commission until the close of the public hearing. All public comment received will be provided to the Planning Commission for their consideration as they deliberate the draft update. You may submit a comment by clicking here.

When will I be able to get more information (public participation plan)?

The County has launched a Virtual Open House and public outreach campaign. The Open House will be available until the public hearing to allow interested parties to learn about the update, ask questions of staff, review information, and provide formal comments on the proposed changes.

Public outreach will include:

  • Notice of the open house and public hearing date published in local newspapers and on County web site
  • Direct postcard mailed to property owners within shoreline jurisdiction
  • Online fact sheets explaining different aspects of the SMP update, such as shoreline setbacks, how existing structures are regulated, permits required, and shoreline environment designations
  • An interactive online map showing how shoreline designations are proposed to change from the 1990 SMP
  • Webmail to our interested parties list (sign up here to receive email notifications)
  • Opportunity for online Q/A with staff
  • Virtual meetings with interest groups upon request

Stay tuned!