Shoreline Master Program

The Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is the local instrument by which San Juan County and the State Department of Ecology (DOE) jointly administer the 1971 Shoreline Management Act (SMA), Chapter 90.58 of the Revised Code of Washington (RCW).

The overarching goal of the SMA is "to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines." To achieve this end, the legislation directs us to focus on three main areas:
  • Encourage reasonable and orderly development of shorelines, with an emphasis on water-dependent and related uses that control pollution and prevent damage to the natural environment.
  • Protect the natural character of Washington shorelines, including the land, vegetation, wildlife and shoreline environment.
  • Promote public access and provide opportunities to enjoy views and recreational activities in shoreline areas.
Program Updates
The SMP amendments will include numerous public meetings, including booths at farmer’s markets throughout the County, and eventually public hearings. As new meetings are scheduled, updates will be posted here.

How to Get Involved
The County encourages your comments and thoughts. The avenues for direct input include the review of published documents, attendance at public meetings - including advisory committees, and email or letters to Staff or the County Council.

Contact Us
If you have questions about the Shoreline Master Program Updating process, contact Colin Maycock, AICP, Planner IV, at phone: 360-370-7573.

Interactive Map
View the Interactive Map showing proposed shoreline designations.