In 2010, Kitsap County began work on an update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP) that provides shoreline protection and land use guidance for residents and businesses. SMPs can be a difficult process, particularly in light of citizens’ concerns about private property rights. Margaret facilitated a Task Force of citizen representatives charged with recommending policies for the Update. Over a year, the Task Force reviewed and made recommendations on shoreline goals, public access, and various environmental designations.
Margaret’s neutral facilitation skills ensured that all parties were able to contribute to the discussion and substantively influence the development of the SMP. The Task Force was instrumental in helping the County create an effective, publically supported SMP that balances environmental protection with the rights of property owners. In approving the SMP, the Washington State Department of Ecology highlighted the Task Force as a key component of the project’s overall success.