The Snohomish County Shoreline Management Program (SMP) is an element of Snohomish County’s Growth Management Act (GMA) Comprehensive Plan. The County’s SMP was originally adopted in 1974. In compliance with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58), the County was required to conduct a comprehensive update of its SMP by 2012, to reflect many changes to the SMA.
Consistent with the SMA, counties and cities are the primary regulators within shoreline jurisdiction, but the Washington State Department of Ecology has the authority and responsibility to review and approve local programs and certain types of shoreline permits.
The County and Ecology worked for several years to prepare the 2012 Update to the County’s SMP. The comprehensive update was approved by Ecology on July 13, 2012 and became effective on July 27, 2012.
The County’s existing SMP consists of the following three major components and several supporting documents: