WSR 08-16-117

PREPROPOSAL STATEMENT OF INQUIRY

DEPARTMENT OF ECOLOGY


[ Order 08-15 -- Filed August 5, 2008, 2:25 p.m. ]

Subject of Possible Rule Making: Adoption of a shoreline master program updated for Spokane County consistent with the shoreline master program (SMP) guidelines, chapter 173-26 (Part III), WAC. This rule would add "Spokane County" and the adoption date, to a list of ecology-adopted SMPs in WAC 173-26-070(2). This will be the first ecology-adopted SMP added to this list.

Statutes Authorizing the Agency to Adopt Rules on this Subject: RCW 90.58.070(2).

Reasons Why Rules on this Subject may be Needed and What They Might Accomplish: Ecology is required by statute to adopt shoreline master programs for local governments who do not adopt one within the time limits set forth in RCW 90.58.080.

Other Federal and State Agencies that Regulate this Subject and the Process Coordinating the Rule with These Agencies: None.

Process for Developing New Rule: Ecology will build upon the draft shoreline master program prepared by Spokane County in consultation with ecology. Ecology will rewrite it as necessary, consistent with SMA and SMP guidelines requirements, add missing components and adopt it.

Interested parties can participate in the decision to adopt the new rule and formulation of the proposed rule before publication by contacting Mr. Doug Pineo, Shorelands Specialist, SEA Program, Washington State Department of Ecology, Eastern Regional Office, 4601 North Monroe Street, Spokane, WA 99205, e-mail dpin461@ecy.wa.gov, phone (509) 329-3416.

August 5, 2008

Gordon White

Shorelands and Environmental

Assistance Program Manager

Washington State Code Reviser's Office