Shoreline Designations

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The Washington State Shoreline Management Act creates obligations for local jurisdictions to manage Shorelines of the State to protect public trust values. One of the primary mechanisms are shoreline designations, that define allowable uses and requirements for management of vegetation and setback of buildings. The designations are generally used to organize code, so that shorelines fall into a set of classes, each with a similar level of protection. In practice, the shoreline is divided into individual shoreline segments, and each segment may have a particular designation, but may also have specific requirements or development opportunities associated with that specific segment.

snapshot of proposed Thurston County shoreline designations