2023 Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update

Walla Walla County is in the process of completing a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program to ensure consistency with recent State legislative changes. The Shoreline Master Program is a comprehensive plan that guides the development, conservation, and restoration of Walla Walla County's shoreline.

The purpose and scope of this Periodic Review is to:

  • Align the Shoreline Master Program with applicable state laws and guidelines in effect at the time of the review;
  • Assure consistency of the Shoreline Master Program with the Walla Walla County Comprehensive Plan and development regulations; and
  • Provide clarifications to improve usability and predictability for applicants and reviewers.

Planning Commission Recommended DRAFT Shoreline Master Program Document (this document is currently being reviewed during WA Department of Ecology review period)

Public Participation Plan
Periodic Checklist (Changes required by WA State as well as County Staff requested revisions)
SEPA Environmental Checklist
SEPA Determination of Non-significance (Submit comments by April 6, 2023)
Notice of Planning Commission & Dept of Ecology Joint Public Hearing (held April 19, 2023 at 7PM)
April 19, 2023 Planning Commission & Dept of Ecology Joint Public Hearing Staff Report & Attachments 
Power Point Presented at April 19, 2023 Joint Public Hearing
DRAFT Shoreline Master Program Document (Public Comment Period: March 23 to April 24, 2023. Please submit comments by April 24, 2023). Note, this version of the document is currently being reviewed during WA Department of Commerce 60 day review period.
Public/Agency Comments Received by April 24, 2023
County Response to Public/Agency Comments Received

May 3, 2023 Planning Commission Meeting Staff Report & Attachments (held 7PM at Commissioners Bldg, W. 314 Main St, Walla Walla)

May 8, 2023 to June 7, 2023
: WA Department of Ecology 30-day review period of draft SMP

May 15, 2023:
End of WA Department of Commerce 60-day review period of draft SMP
May 15, 2023: Board of County Commissioners Meeting at 11:15 AM w/Workshop on SMP at 11:20 AM (to be held at                                                                Commissioners Bldg, 314 W. Main St, Walla Walla) 
                                  Participate Virtually:
                                  Online Meeting link: https://wwco.webex.com/wwco/j.php?MTID=m6ef6c0710e4eb57be4e10ce0cc827a38
                                  Call in number: 1-408-418-9388 access code: 146 784 0290

LEARN MORE & ENGAGE!  Walla Walla County has launched an Online Open House Website (http://www.wallawallasmpopenhouse.com) to share information about the Shoreline Master Program periodic review process! Please explore this new online community resource and learn what a Shoreline Master Program is, why it is reviewed, and learn about the review process.  Other key features of the Online Open House include opportunities to:

  • Access project resources and documents,
  • Explore the proposed Shoreline Master Program amendments when they are available for public review, and
  • Discover upcoming opportunities for you to join the review process.

Please visit the Online Open House regularly to view additionally posted updates that will occur before the public comment period in early 2023. These updates will include more information about proposed amendments and provide additional information on opportunities for you to ask project team members questions and submit comments.

Couldn't make it to the February 22nd virtual information meeting?  Catch up on what you missed by watching the video.
Virtual public info meetings are a chance for you and other community members to learn about the project as it progresses and ask questions of SMP team members. For more information on meetings or to how to register to attend a meeting, please visit the Online Open House at http://www.wallawallasmpopenhouse.com.

STAY INFORMED!  SUBSCRIBE NOW via the Online Open House to ensure you receive future digital announcements regarding the Shoreline Master Program periodic review process.

CONTACT INFORMATION! We encourage you to reach out to our team throughout the process, for questions please contact:
Jennifer Ballard, Senior Planner with Walla Walla County Community Development
Email  |   planning@co.walla-walla.wa.us
Phone |   509-524-2610

For information on the existing SMP and the 2018 update lead by Walla Walla County Community Development Department click  Here