Public comments requested for Covington shoreline master plan

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is currently seeking public comment on Covington's recently updated shoreline master program until June 24.

The Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) is currently seeking public comment on Covington’s recently updated shoreline master program until June 24. Those who wish to comment on it can contact Bob Fritzen at 1440 10th St., Suite 102 Bellingham, WA 98225, or by email at bob.fritzen@ecy.wa.gov.

Upon Ecology’s approval, the locally tailored shoreline program is designed to help minimize environmental damage to shoreline areas, reserve appropriate areas for water-oriented uses and protect the public’s right to public lands and waters.

The updated shoreline master program would guide construction and development within city limits along Big Soos and Jenkins creeks, as well as Pipe Lake. It would combine local plans for future development and environmental protection with new development ordinances and related permitting requirements.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Covington’s proposed shoreline program requires Ecology’s approval before it takes effect. About 230 towns, cities and counties statewide are in the process of, or soon will be, updating their master programs during the next few years.

Covington’s proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at: