Updated 4-13-2023

2023 Periodic Review of the Grays Harbor County Shoreline Master Program

Grays Harbor County is in the process of performing a periodic review of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP). A comprehensive update to the Shoreline Master Program was completed in 2020. This periodic review is not as involved as the comprehensive update but is required under Washington state law at this time. Local jurisdictions are required to review and update their Shoreline Master Programs every eight years in accordance with the Shoreline Management Act and its current guidelines and legislative rules to attain state approval. Per the State's periodic review timeline, Grays Harbor County needs to complete a periodic review in mid-2023.  

Proposed amendments to the County's SMP and supporting documentation can be reviewed below.  Additional information regarding the SMP Periodic Update can be found on the Grays Harbor County Shoreline Master Program Online Open House. 

Staff Contact:  Jane Hewitt, Principal Planner, at SMP2023review@graysharbor.us
Grays Harbor County Planning Division, 100 West Broadway #31, Montesano, WA 98563.

The Grays Harbor County Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on the matter April 18, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. via Teleconference.  Additional information for joining the Public Hearing via Teleconference is posted at: https://www.graysharbor.us/government/board_of_county_commissioners/planning_commission.php

Public Comment Period Closed 

Comments received as of April 5, 2023

Online Open House:

If you missed the February 21, 2023 SMP Online Open House, you can listen to it here.

2019 Comprehensive Update to the Grays Harbor County Shoreline Master Program

Grays Harbor County (County) has completed a comprehensive update to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP).
The effective date of the updated Grays Harbor County Shoreline Master Program is August 11, 2020.

The updated plan is available for viewing or download here:

Grays Harbor Shoreline Master Program

View Shoreline Environment Designation (SED) Maps

To review Ecology’s documents related to the Grays Harbor County comprehensive SMP update and periodic review, please check Ecology’s website at: 


 On Ecology’s website you will find the following key documents:

  • Ecology’s final approval letter, July 28, 2020
  • Ecology’s conditional approval letter, December 18, 2019
  • Attachment A: Findings and Conclusions
  • Attachment B: Required Changes
  • Attachment C: Recommended Changes

Grays Harbor County
Planning Division