There are many opportunities for County Residents to get involved and participate in the Shoreline Management Program (SMP) Update!

The Benton County Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Update Public Participation Plan (PPP) prepared by the County describes the process and steps they will take to involve its rural community in decisions regarding the SMP update. The goal is to provide the public with timely information, an understanding of the process and opportunities to review and comment on update alternatives before final decisions are made. The PPP contains an introduction to the Shoreline Master Program, Program background, goals, work plan and phasing, timeline, meetings and hearing format, public involvement strategies, stakeholders list, contacts, and various tables, figures and maps.  Benton County views this Public Participation Plan as establishing the basic public involvement processes that will be utilized during the SMP Update Program.

Email Notification/Mailing list

To receive future updates and meeting notices by email, send your full name and email address to SMP-orangesun .  If you prefer to be notified by posted mail, you may call and leave your full name and complete mailing address with the Planning Department at (509) 786-5612.

Internal SMP Webpages



Upcoming Events:

  Planning Commission Hearing April 8th, 2014, Draft SMP

              PC Hearing 7:00pm

                 Planning Annex Hearing Room

                 1002 Dudley Ave

                 Prosser, WA 99350

                 Legal Notices

February 4 & March 11 workshops with the Planning Commission-
Full Review Packet (large file, 23 MB)

Revised SMP Update Schedule (1/15/2014)

         March 11th-   Planning Commission Workshop, PC Meeting Presentation, KMZ map file for Google Earth (In .zip format)

February 4th- SAC Send-off Meeting with the Planning Commission- Agenda, PC Meeting Presentation 2/4/2014

Past Events:

October 9th & 10th Public Forums- Meeting Summary 12/11/2013

October 2013 SMP Public Forums- Draft SMP Public Review REVISED October 21, 2013


 June 2013 Public Forums Summary

 June 2013 SMP Public Forums- Preliminary Plan and Goals


Nov 30th Draft Analysis Report- Public Review


Attend an Open House to learn community questionnaire results:

April 11, 2013

Prosser, Benton County PUD

250 N. Gap Road

Prosser, WA 99350

5:30–7:00 p.m.

Community Questionnaire Open House Summary


January 9th & 10th Regional Public Forums- Presentation

January 9th & 10th Regional Public Forums- Meetings Summary


Benton County hosted two Open House events to introduce the Shoreline Master Plan (SMP) Update Program to its County Residents and to familiarize them with the State mandate requirements of the SMP Update, the update schedule and ways for the public to participate in the shoreline master program update process.  Invitations to apply for the Shoreline Advisory Committee were also made available at the venue to interested parties.  The Open House Events were held in Prosser on August 1st and Kennewick on August 2nd.   The following are links to information made available to advertise the Event, available at the Event, and the Overview & Notes providing a record of what was discussed at the Event for those who could not attend.

Open House Postcard Invitation

Open House Tri City Herald Display Ad

Open House Display Poster

SMP Public Participation Plan

Open House PowerPoint Presentation

Open House PPP Schedule

Open House Summary- August 1 & 2

Shoreline Advisory Committee (SAC) Opportunities


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