Status Update on the Shoreline Master Program

By George Wilson:

In 2007, with state funding grants, Chelan County began the process of reviewing/updating the current Shoreline Master Plan that was implemented in 1975. An integral part of that process is reviewing the Shoreline Environmental Designation category of the shoreline of water bodies in Chelan County. The Chelan County Department of Community Development hosted a public meeting in the Commissioners chambers on July 26th to review segments of the draft revision of the Shoreline Master Plan, specifically the proposed Shoreline Environmental Designation categories assigned to some of our area water bodies. (Comments at our FB Page)
The North Shore of Lake Wenatchee is currently (in the 1975 SMP) designated Rural and under the proposed revision ( Draft SMP) that would change to Urban; The South Shore is currently Conservancy with possible change to Urban as far West as Camp Zanika and Natural further west (there is a request to change the USFS leased lands to Urban). The Cove Resort area of Fish Lake is currently Conservancy (with a request to change to Rural), and the North Shore residential area of Fish Lake is currently Natural and proposed to retain a ‘natural’ designation (with a request to change to ‘rural’). Most of Brae Burn residential lots are currently Conservancy with a proposed to change to Rural.

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