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​2020 Work Plan: Develoment Regulation Update

Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update


Project Description Anticipated
SEPA Process
Completion Date Status
SMP Periodic Review Cycle TBD
June 2021
DOE Grant Obtained
Consultant Contracted
Property Owner Sea Level Rise Guidance Completed



The county has been working closely with Sea Grant and the State Department of Ecology to research methods and strategies for addressing the impact of sea-level rise in Island County. As part of that coordination, staff joined with Sea Grant in a co-sponsored project that involved two graduate students from the University of Washington Urban Design and Planning Program. Staff, Sea Grant, and the graduate students worked to develop best practices for property owners that assists property owners in understanding sea-level rise projections, assessing risk to individual sites, choosing from a tool-box of approaches, and planning for sea level rise as a neighborhood or community.

As a final deliverable, the students presented their final guidance report to the Island County Board of Commissioners on March 4th 2020. Below is a link of the recorded presentation.

March 18 2020 IC SLR Strategy Presentation


The Island County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) was originally approved and adopted on June 26, 1976. The County’s SMP has been amended several times since its initial adoption, including updates in 1985, 1992 and 2001. Island County adopted its most recent Comprehensive Update to the SMP in January 2016, after a five-year update process. Subsequent periodic reviews of SMPs are required by the State to be conducted every 8 years. Island County’s deadline for our next periodic review of the SMP is June of 2021.

Scope of Work

Staff has identified the following tasks that will be completed with the SMP Periodic Review:

  • Staff Initiated Revisions, based on customer feedback and staff identified areas for improvement.
  • Changes to address Amendments to State Law, Rules, and Guidelines
  • Corrections to Shoreline Mapping
  • Changes to address Sea Level Rise

Deliverables ​Document Link
Scoping Scope of Work                   
Public Engagement 
Public Participation Plan
​Updated Timeline to be Posted Soon
Department of Commerce  
​Research UW Graduate Student Sea Level Rise Strategy Report Prepared for Island County
Draft Element 
Final SMP Element

Staff Contact

Project Updates

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