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Shoreline Master Program (SMP)


The Yarrow Point Town Council conducted a Public Hearing on Tuesday, October 9, 2012, 7:00 pm to take public comments on the proposed update to the SMP. Please see the following documents:




Yarrow Point SMP


Appendix A – Definitions


Appendix B – Adminstration


Appendix C – Designation Map


Appendix D – Critical Areas Regulations


Appendix E - Native Plant List


Appendix F – Restoration Plan


Shoreline Analysis Report




Yarrow Point is in the process of updating its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) - policies and regulations that govern waterfront development within the town.  This work is being accomplished with a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The current SMP was drafted in the early 1970s, following passage by the state of the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), and was intended to prevent the inherent harm resulting from “uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines.”  In 2003, the state revised its shoreline management guidelines to emphasize ecologically appropriate development.  Yarrow Point is required to update its shoreline regulations accordingly.

The following links provide additional information regarding the town’s SMP update:

The Washington Shoreline Management Act of 1971? http://apps.leg.wa.gov/RCW/default.aspx?cite=90.58

Washington State Administrative Code 173-27:  Shoreline Management Permit and Enforcement Procedures?http://apps.leg.wa.gov/wac/default.aspx?cite=173-27

Shoreline Management Program  (SMP) : Washington State Department of Ecology Information

The Citizen Guide to Shoreline Master Programs?http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/citizen.html

Introduction to the Shoreline Permit System?http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sma/st_guide/administration/intro.html

State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA):  Washington State Department of Ecology Information

A Citizen’s Guide to SEPA review and commenting:?http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/citizensguide/citizensguide.htm

The SEPA Guide for Project Applicants?http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/apguide/apguide1.htm

Frequently Asked Questions about SEPA?http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/sepa/faq.htm

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