Our County has been in the process of updating the Wahkiakum Shoreline Master Program, and we encourage agricultural, fishing and tourist industry folks to stay involved, provide input and guidance, and find out how this law may affect your community.
Follow this link to the County documents
Wahkiakum Shoreline Master Program
From the Final Draft SMP:
“Public participation is important because it ensures that local knowledge and values form a basis for SMP policies and regulations. The Shoreline Master Program public participation process is ongoing. A public participation plan completed in the early stages of the SMP update process guides public participation opportunities during the SMP update.”
“Public hearings for formal consideration by Town and County Planning Commissions and adoption by legislative bodies are anticipated in spring 2016.
Wahkiakum County’s and Town of Cathlamet’s home internet pages provide links to SMP planning documents, to notices of public meetings and meeting materials. Public meetings are also advertised in the Wahkiakum County Eagle.”
The Shoreline Advisory Committee, comprised of citizen and technical stakeholders, informed the Inventory and Characterization Report, and will continue to inform the remainder of the SMP update process, providing feedback on the process itself, and on the draft SMP policies and regulations.
Three visioning workshops were hosted in February and March 2015, where community members provided guidance to the planning team. A summary of the Visioning Workshops is
provided in the Visioning Workshop Summary –March 2015.
These workshops, along with guidance received from several public SAC meetings and at two additional public open houses in July and August 2015 informed preliminary Drafts of the Shoreline Master Program (Drafts 1, 2 and 3). The Draft 3 SMP was circulated to the public in late September and early October
2015. Thereafter, from October 2015 through February 2016, the Town Planning Commission and County Planning Commission held several public meetings to guide SMP revisions included in the Final Draft SMP issued in late March 2016.