No really! After local adoption, the County will then forward the new Shoreline Master Program (SMP) to Ecology for final adoption and anticipates the new program will be in effect by mid-January 2014.
From Michelle McConnell of the Department of Community Development:
Monday, December 16, 2013
City of Port Townsend’s Cotton Building
(former Police station)
607 Water Street – downtown
See the Board’s agenda (to be posted on Friday) for final estimated time (likely ~ 10:30am). The meeting is open to the public – please note this is not a public hearing.
This has been a long and collaborative project for our community and your involvement has been important – whether you just tuned-in or have been following this for years, whether just tracking progress via web & email updates, submitting comments, attending the many public hearings and outreach events, or participating in the extensive advisory committees and Planning Commission process. The result is an updated Shoreline Master Program that is robust and flexible, rooted in current science, reflective of local values, and better able to address the diversity of our approximate 500 miles of lake, river, and saltwater shorelines under SMP jurisdiction. The SMP gives us all a much-improved toolbox for allowing appropriate waterfront development in balance with our fragile natural resources: Let’s Do More With Our Shores: Protect – Use – Develop – Restore!