Shoreline Master Plan

As required by the state, the City of Dayton has completed a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), consistent with the State of Washington Shoreline Management Act (SMA;RCW 90.58) and its implementing guidelines (WAC 173-26). Dayton’s SMP is a planning policy document as well as a regulatory tool, establishing development standards for the City’s Touchet River shoreline, including adjacent upland areas within 200 feet of designated shorelines.

The primary policy objectives of the Shoreline Management Act are to:
• Protect shoreline areas so there is "no net loss" in ecological function,
• Provide for the enjoyment of and access to shorelands and waters, when appropriate, and
• Prioritize water-dependent uses.

The City of Dayton has adopted the SMP as an Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Shorelines Management Code (SMC) has been adopted as part of the Dayton Municipal Code, Title 15.  View these documents on the Shoreline Document Page.  

The Overview of the SMP Update answers frequent questions of shoreline property owners.

SMP Timeline - Project Complete                                 

Mar. 20, 2014
Kickoff Meeting at City Hall
Meeting Held
Sept. 9, 2014
Community Open House 
and Visioning Public Workshop(s) 
Meetings Held
April 2, 2015
April 14 -
May 19, 2015
SMP Update discussion, Planning Commission Public Meetings, Open House, Comments on Draft, Public Hearings & Planning Commission Recommendation
Meetings & Hearings Held
July 27 -
Sept. 14, 2015
City Council Public Meetings, discussions, Adoption of SMP for Ecology, see Ord. 1882
Completed & Council Approval
Feb.-March 3 2016
May 1, 2017
Ecology Final Approval 
May 8, 2017
Final City Adoption Ord. 1910
May 15, 2017
 Effective Date of SMP & SMC

“This SMP update was funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Ecology. GRANT # G1400540”

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