Public comment open on Yakima's shoreline plan

Public comment open on Yakima's shoreline plan

WASHINGTON DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY NEWS RELEASE -- A program to manage 1,700 acres of shoreline within Yakima’s city limits is open for comment through the Washington Department of Ecology.

Previously covered by a county-wide shoreline program, the city embarked on developing its own shoreline master plan in November 2012 and adopted a final plan in November 2013.

Once approved by Ecology, the city’s shoreline program will become part of the overall state shoreline master program.

The locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses, and protect people’s access to public land and waters.

Comments will be accepted through May 29. Comments and questions should be addressed to Angela San Filippo, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima, WA 98908, or by email to Angela.sanfilippo@ecy.wa.gov or call 509-454-3619.

The city of Yakima’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at: 

· Ecology’s Central Regional Office, 15 W. Yakima Ave., Suite 200, Yakima
· Ecology’s website: http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/sea/shorelines/smp/mycomments/yakima.html
· City of Yakima Planning Department, 129 N. Second St. - 2nd Floor, Yakima

Taking public comments into consideration, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline program as written, reject it or identify specific modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve Yakima’s proposed shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 150 cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be updating or crafting, their shoreline programs.