Planning Department

2016 Shorelines Master Plan Update:

December 2016 progress Report

 

The Update is progressing as anticipated.  Typically the Update process is a multi-year effort – Klickitat County’s Update process is no different and is still in the initial step of the process. 

To date, a significant amount of information regarding hydrology, geology, topography, ecology, economics, land use and other pertinent data from state, federal and local agencies, universities, tribes and other organizations is being compiled and analyzed. The information is being used as the basis for preparation of a draft Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report that will be available for public review and comment in early 2017.

While there are no draft work products available for review at this time, information pertinent to the Update rules can be submitted to the Planning Department at any time.   The Shoreline rules at WAC 173-26 may be reviewed to gain a sense of what information may be pertinent.  

The County will be hosting a public Open House event in early 2017 (date and time TBD) to provide an overview of the Update process, discuss the findings of the Shoreline Inventory and Characterization Report, and gather input on community vision of the County’s shorelines.  The County’s Planning Commission will be reviewing Master Plan amendments in Spring 2017.

When draft work products have been prepared and are ready for public review and comment, availability will be posted on the Klickitat County Planning Department website and other appropriate places as well as notice of availability sent to those on the Shoreline notification list.  If you would like to be added to the email distribution list, please send your request to mo-chil@klickitatcounty.org.

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The Klickitat County Planning Department is updating the Klickitat County Shorelines Master Plan per the Washington State Shoreline Management Act requirements.  In updating the Master Plan, we are required to follow the process set forth in Chapter 173-26 WAC.  The process is comprised of several steps.  We are at the beginning of the process i.e. gathering of information.  An announcement was distributed to a number of agencies and others who may have an interest in the update and/or may have relevant information.   Our consultant for the update, The Watershed Company, is currently compiling information as required in Chapter 173-26 WAC.  We anticipate that proposed amendments will likely be available for public review and comment in early 2017. 

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