Skamania County Shoreline Master Program Update

News and Updates

NEW! Draft Shoreline Master Program June 6, 2017

NEW! Final Cumulative Impact Analysis June 6, 2017

NEW!  Final Restoration Plan June 6, 2017

NEW! Draft of the Shoreline Master Program Inventory and Characterization Report May 2017

NEW! SEPA Notice

Upcoming Meetings

PUBLIC HEARING BEFORE THE BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

DATE: Tuesday, June 27, 2017

TIME: 5:30 PM          

PLACE: Skamania County Courthouse, Room No. 18 (lower level), 240 NW Vancouver Avenue, Stevenson, WA.

Shoreline Master Program History

Background and Project Purpose

Skamania County (County) is conducting a comprehensive Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update with grant assistance from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology). Substitute Senate Bill 6012, which was passed in 2003 by the Washington State Legislature, requires cities and counties to amend their local SMPs consistent with the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.58, and Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 173.26.

In June 1974, the County first adopted the Skamania County Shorelines Management Master Program, and revised it in August 1975 and again in July 1986. This 2015 inventory and characterization is the County’s latest planning effort devoted to regulating shoreline uses, development, and activities under its SMP.

The purpose of this report is to provide a basis for (1) an update of the County’s shoreline management goals, policies, and regulations, and (2) identifying opportunities for public access to the County’s shorelines and for restoration. This report will be used in the next steps of the SMP update – the development of shoreline environmental designations; the preparation of draft SMP goals, policies, and regulations; and the development of a plan to take advantage of restoration opportunities within the County’s shoreline jurisdiction.

The County is in the process of completing all of the required steps in accordance with the terms and conditions of an Ecology grant agreement (Grant No. G1500044). As outlined by the state shoreline guidelines (Washington Administrative Code [WAC] 173-26-201(3)), the shoreline inventory and analysis are two steps of the multi-step SMP update process covered by the grant. The other required steps include:

  • Public participation in the development of shoreline goals and policies;

  • Establishment of shoreline environment designations;

  • Establishment of shoreline policies; and

  • Preparation of shoreline regulations.

Skamania County has signed a grant contract with the Washington Department of Ecology for the purposes of updating our Shoreline Master Program. BergerABAM has been selected as the County’s consultant for this process. We are currently in the process of completing Tasks 1 – 5 of the contract which include mapping the preliminary shoreline jurisdiction, preparing a public participation plan, and completing an Inventory and Characterization Report, which will document the current status of the shorelines within Skamania County. Provided that grant funding is renewed after the completion of these tasks, the County, with the help of BergerABAM, will begin drafting the Shoreline Master Program Update.

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