Type of Presentation

Oral

Session Title

A Review of Shoreline Armoring Permitting Effectiveness

Location

2016SSEC

Description

Kitsap County partnered with San Juan County and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to objectively review and assess the effectiveness of existing marine shoreline stabilization permitting programs in achieving a balance between applicant needs and protection of nearshore resources. Utilizing a T.A.C.T. approach (Troubleshooting, Action planning, Course correction and Tracking & monitoring), the agencies worked together to identify gaps and overlap in the permit review and monitoring process, as well as the effectiveness of permit provisions (conditions) through field assessment of recent marine shoreline armoring projects. Actions to correct these internal deficiencies and inconsistencies were identified, prioritized and implemented.

Due to the interface between local and state permitting agencies, the results and conclusions went beyond what the project team had anticipated, leading to a robust list of follow-up actions. Many of these have or are already leading to some incremental, but very positive changes in shoreline management policy and monitoring.

This presentation will introduce the TACT approach, while focusing on Kitsap County’s results and how they are being implemented internally and through partnerships. It will also touch on how lessons and insights have set the stage for ongoing changes in shoreline armoring permitting processes, including new approaches for streamlining permitting for bulkhead removal projects within existing processes.

Comments

Depending on the number of submissions to this session, this presentation could be combined with those from San Juan County and WDFW (same project) or formatted as a panel discussion.

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Problem to Progress: Understanding and Improving Permitting for Shoreline Armoring in Kitsap County

2016SSEC

Kitsap County partnered with San Juan County and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to objectively review and assess the effectiveness of existing marine shoreline stabilization permitting programs in achieving a balance between applicant needs and protection of nearshore resources. Utilizing a T.A.C.T. approach (Troubleshooting, Action planning, Course correction and Tracking & monitoring), the agencies worked together to identify gaps and overlap in the permit review and monitoring process, as well as the effectiveness of permit provisions (conditions) through field assessment of recent marine shoreline armoring projects. Actions to correct these internal deficiencies and inconsistencies were identified, prioritized and implemented.

Due to the interface between local and state permitting agencies, the results and conclusions went beyond what the project team had anticipated, leading to a robust list of follow-up actions. Many of these have or are already leading to some incremental, but very positive changes in shoreline management policy and monitoring.

This presentation will introduce the TACT approach, while focusing on Kitsap County’s results and how they are being implemented internally and through partnerships. It will also touch on how lessons and insights have set the stage for ongoing changes in shoreline armoring permitting processes, including new approaches for streamlining permitting for bulkhead removal projects within existing processes.