Gov. Gary Locke Announces Important Agreement on Shoreline Guidelines
(Press release from the Governor's office)
OLYMPIA, WA- Dec. 20, 2002 - Gov. Gary Locke today announced that
the state has
reached a long-awaited agreement on Washington's shoreline management
guidelines. Locke was joined at a news conference in Olympia by
representatives of business, environmental groups and local government
participated in the negotiation.
"This important agreement will help us move forward to protect
shorelines," Locke said. "By bringing businesses and environmentalists
together, we have proven that we can achieve consensus on even the
The state's Shoreline Management Act directs the Department of Ecology
adopt guidelines for how to satisfy the protection standards contained
the act, and requires cities and counties to adopt local shoreline
ordinances that comply with the state guidelines.
Two years ago, the state Department of Ecology updated the state's
management guidelines for the first time since 1972. However, a coalition
of business groups and local governments challenged the guidelines,
Shoreline Hearings Board subsequently invalidated them. Ecology Director
Tom Fitzsimmons asked Locke and Attorney General Christine Gregoire
sponsor mediation talks aimed at reaching a legal settlement.
"The successful mediation avoided further litigation that would
costly and time consuming for all parties," Gregoire said. "This
example of how business, environmentalists and local governments can
together to achieve their mutual goals."
Under the negotiated shoreline guidelines, local shoreline master
* Manage shoreline development and uses in a manner that preserves
protects the environmental functions of the shorelines
* Assure that new development will result in no net loss of shoreline
* Set priorities and include a plan for restoring past shoreline
damage, where appropriate
* Coordinate shoreline programs with local comprehensive plans and
regulations, and with other state and federal requirements
* Respect constitutional and legal limits on regulating private
"We believe this settlement serves to protect and preserve our
unique shorelines but still allows reasonable commercial, industrial
residential use," said Don Brunell, president of the Association
Washington Business (AWB), which represented more than four dozen
groups, cities and counties in the mediation.
Fitzsimmons said the negotiated guidelines will provide more flexibility
managing and using shorelines, while providing a greater degree of
protection for crucial shoreline functions, such as containing flood
preventing erosion, and providing habitat for a host of aquatic life.
"Today, we've accomplished something good for our kids and grandkids.
Improved guidelines will help protect the rivers, lakes and marine
that make Washington so amazing," said Jay Manning of the Washington
Environmental Council, which negotiated on behalf of several environmental
"As an industry, we felt it was important to reflect the relationship
Shoreline Act, the Growth Management Act and SEPA (the State Environmental
Protection Act), while noting the unique geology of Washington,"
Chattin, executive director of the Washington Aggregates & Concrete
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History of the Shoreline Management Act and guidelines:
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Office of the Governor
Michael Marchand, Governor's Communications Office, 360-902-4136;
Sheryl Hutchison, Department of Ecology, 360-407-7004