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:

• 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 Shoreline Master Program, (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.  

SMP Schedule                                 




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

Draft Dayton SMP Publication


April 14, 2015

SMP Update discussion - Dayton Planning Commission Public Meeting

Meetings Held

April 15, 2015

Open House/with City Planner


April 7-May 19 

Comment on Draft SMP


May 19, 2015

Dayton Planning Commission
Public Hearing & Recommendation

Hearing Closed

July 27, 2015

City Council Public Meeting


Aug. 10, 2015

City Council discussion @ Meeting

Meeting Held/No PH

Sept. 14, 2015

City Council Public Meeting 
Adoption of SMP for Ecology, 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


May 1, 2017

Ecology Final Approval 


May 8, 2017

Final City Adoption Ord. 1910


May 15, 2017

 Effective Date of SMP & SMC


Repealed - Shorelines Master Program-1975

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