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Shorelines Hearings Board
Board Members

Kathleen D. Mix, Chair
Joan Marchioro, Member
Tom McDonald, Member

Association of Counties
Rob Gelder, Designee
Alternate Members for Counties

Commissioner of Public Lands
Pamela Krueger, Designee

Association of Washington Cities
Mary Alyce Burleigh, Designee
Alternate Members for Cities



Site visit On Henry Island. Jan 20, 2000


"Your Right to Be Heard"
An online pamphlet describing practice before the SHB and procedures for filing a new appeal.

Other Resources
  About the SHB

The Shoreline Management Act, ("SMA") Chapter 90.58 RCW provides for the management of development along the state shorelines. Local government has the primary responsibility for initiating the planning required by the SMA and administering the regulatory program consistent with the policy and provisions of the Act. The Department of Ecology acts primarily in a supportive and review capacity with an emphasis on providing assistance to local government and on insuring compliance with the policy and provisions of the SMA.

Local government administers and issues shoreline substantial development, conditional use, and variance permits. Approvals by local government of shoreline conditional use and variance permits must be reviewed by the Ecology, which then issues the final decision. Local government and Ecology can also issue fines under the SMA.

The Shorelines Hearings Board hears appeals from these permit decisions, and from those shoreline penalties jointly issued by local government and Ecology, or issued by Ecology alone. The Board is not affiliated with any other unit of government.

Three of the SHB members, who also serve as the Pollution Control Hearings Board, are full time employees, appointed by the governor and confirmed by the senate. At least one member is an attorney. The three other members, who serve part time are: the State Land Commissioner or designee, a representative from the Washington State Association of Counties, and one from the Association of Washington Cities.

In appeals involving a single family residence or certain structures serving a single family residence, the appeal may be heard by a panel of three board members, at least one and not more than two of whom shall be members of the Pollution Control Hearings Board.