Shoreline Master Plan

As required by the state, the City of Dayton has completed a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Plan (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 SMA are to: 

  •    Prioritize water-dependent and water-oriented uses within the shoreline zone 
  •    Protect the shoreline ecology and natural resources 
  •    Promote public access

The City of Dayton approved the Shoreline Master Program and it was forwarded for review and approval by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Visit the Dept. of Ecology’s - Dayton SMP webpage to view the Ecology approved SMP Update.  Subsequently, the city will adopt the Shoreline Master Program, (SMP) as an Element of the Comprehensive Plan. The Shorelines Management Code (SMC) will be adopted as part of the Dayton Municipal Code, Title 15.

View these documents at: 

If you want to receive City e-mail notification of meetings and announcements regarding the SMP Update, please e-mail Karen Scharer.

SMP Schedule                                 




Mar. 20, 2014

Kickoff Meeting at City Hall

Meeting Held

Sept. 9, 2014

Community Open House 
and Visioning Public Workshop(s) 
 2:30 - 4 pm and  6:30 - 8 pm

Meetings Held

April 2, 2015

Draft Dayton SMP Publication


April 14, 2015

Presentation of the SMP Update Dayton Planning Commission
Public Meeting 5:30 PM

 Meetings Held

April 15, 2015

Open House/with City Planner
2-5 PM

 Open House Held

April 7-May 19, 2015

Comment on Draft SMP


May 19, 2015

Dayton Planning Commission
Public Hearing 6:30 PM

 Public Hearing Closed-Recommended Approval

July 27, 2015

City Council Public Meeting

 Presentation Completed

Aug. 10, 2015

City Council Public Hearing (optional) or opportunity to further discuss/ questions

 Meeting Held/No PH

Sept. 14, 2015

City Council Public Meeting 
Adoption of Master Program for Ecology Review, see Ord. 1882

 Council Approval

Nov. 2015

SMP and background documents to Ecology for Approval

 Rec'd by Ecology

Feb.-March 3, 2016

 Dept. of Ecology Public Comment Period


April 2016 -   May 2017

 Ecology Final Approval 

Pending until

May 2017

May 8, 2017

Final City Adoption  

Exact effective date is unknown


Shorelines Master Program-1975

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