Shoreline Master Program

Covington’s Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review & Update

 The City of Covington is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires that each SMP be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the State Legislature.  This review ensures that the City’s SMP stays current with changes in State laws and rules, remains consistent with Covington’s Comprehensive Plan and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information, and improved data.

Covington is updating its SMP to include State mandated regulations adopted since 2011, clarify and better define existing shoreline regulations and processes, as well as, revise the format of the SMP document to made it easier to navigate for the public. 

This is a general timeline for the SMP periodic review. Opportunities for public comment are shown with an asterisk*.  During the Planning Commission review the city will conduct a public comment period and hold a public hearing to solicit input on the proposed changes to the SMP. The city is electing to use the optional Joint Review process under WAC 173-26-104.  The joint review process requires a public comment period of at least thirty days. The Planning Commission will send a recommendation to the City Council for a final decision.  The city will coordinate with the Department of Ecology throughout the process.

Ways to Get Involved
The city will be holding an open house in the fall to present the draft proposed changes.  To stay current with the project please check back to this webpage for upcoming open house and public hearing dates.  Public notice of the open house and public hearings will be published in the Covington Reporter and mailed to all property owners located within shoreline jurisdiction in Covington. If you would like to provide written comment, letters may be mailed to:

Ann Mueller
Periodic Review
City of Covington
16720 SE 271st St #100
Covington, WA 98042

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