What is the Shoreline Management Act?

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58, provides a statewide framework for managing, accessing and protecting shorelines. Now more than 40 years old, the SMA reflects the strong interest of the public in our shorelines and waterways for recreation, protection of natural areas, aesthetics, and commerce.

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1. What is a Shoreline Master Program?
2. What is the Shoreline Management Act?
3. Where does the Shoreline Management Act and the City’s SMP apply?
4. What is the periodic review of the City’s Shoreline Master Program?
5. What laws or rules have been changed since the City’s SMP was last amended?
6. When was the last time the City’s SMP was adopted?
7. Is the public permitted to provide feedback on the proposed amendments to the City’s SMP?