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Shoreline Master Program Update

Shoreline Master Program Update
Client: Whatcom County

Client: Whatcom County

Case Study: Peak partnered with The Watershed Company to lead public open houses and gather public input for Whatcom County’s review of its Shoreline Master Program. As a result, the County stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other County plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances as well as new information and improved data. Shoreline Master Programs protect natural resources for future generations. They provide a plan for public access to public waters and shores and for water-dependent usage by industry and business. It’s important to manage the use and development of our state’s shorelines, because it preserves the qualities that people value and protects life and property.

Impact: The public process ensured the County was responsive to and incorporated public input regarding the management of shorelines in the County. Sharing and caring for state and local shorelines is everyone’s responsibility. Because of this, the public process Peak coordinated ensured the County is responsive to and incorporates public input regarding the management of shorelines here. Peak partnered with The Watershed Company to clearly communicate changed circumstances, new information, and improved data. The goals and policies developed and updated in the Whatcom County Shoreline Management Program also contributed to the Whatcom County Comprehensive Plan’s protection of freshwater and coastal shorelines.

Testimonial: “We love the work Peak does in community engagement. If we were to do another project in northern Washington State, Peak would be at the top of our list for quality public process work.” Dan Nichol, Watershed Company, Vice President

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