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Mailing and Physical Address:
325 Metcalf Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA 98284

Phone: 360-855-0771
Fax: (360) 855-0733

Important Notices

Notice of Public Hearing regarding Proposed Amendments to the City's Comprehensive Plan
  • January 20, 2015 at 6:30 PM
  • Sedro-Woolley Council Chambers, 325 Metcalf Street
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Shoreline Master Plan

Update Process

The Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971 was enacted for the purpose of comprehensively managing and protecting the state’s shorelines. The Shoreline Management Act emphasizes accommodation of appropriate uses that require a shoreline location, protection of shoreline environmental resources and protection of the public's right to access and use the shorelines.

Under the SMA, each city and county with shorelines of the state must prepare and adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) tailored to the specific geographic, economic and environmental needs of the community. The SMP is essentially a combined comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, and development permit system for shoreline-specific uses. Shorelines of the state include those lands extending landward for two hundred feet in all directions as measured on a horizontal plane from the ordinary high water mark; floodways and contiguous floodplain areas landward two hundred feet from such floodways; and all wetlands and river deltas associated with the streams, lakes, and tidal waters which are subject to the provisions of this chapter; the same to be designated as to location by the department of ecology.” (RCW 90.58.030(2)(d))

The Skagit River, as well as the adjoining jurisdictional lands, meets the definition for a shoreline of the state; therefore the City of Sedro-Woolley passed a SMP in 1979. The City’s SMP is now being updated as required by the State. The State Department of Ecology (Ecology) is the regulatory body in charge of overseeing the City’s SMP update.

Public participation is a key component of SMP update process. Input from local citizens and shoreline user groups is necessary to develop a SMP that meets the goals and needs of the Sedro-Woolley community. Check this webpage regularly to stay informed on the latest meeting dates, reports, news, information and opportunities to participate on the SMP update process. Questions or comments? Contact John Coleman, Planning Director at


  • Presentation from August 2011 Visioning Meeting (PowerPoint, PDF)


  • At its October 9, 2013 meeting, the City Council will be reviewing the completed SMP update, Shoreline Environment Designations Map, Shoreline Critical Areas Regulations, and Shoreline Restoration Plan. If the Council approves the documents, the Council will pass a resolution stating that the documents are approved and directing staff to submit the documents to the Department of Ecology for that agency’s review. Ecology’s review and any necessary revisions may take several months. After the Department of Ecology approves the documents, then the City Council will be able to adopt the SMP update. Please review the Council agenda and packet for more information.


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