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Shoreline Master Program Update

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Skamania County is completing a comprehensive update to its Shoreline Master Program. The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires all counties with shorelines to develop and implement Shoreline Master Programs. The SMA was passed by the Washington Legislature in 1971 and adopted by voters in 1972. Its overarching goal is "to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s shorelines."

Why is the County updating its Shoreline Master Program?

Skamania County's current Shoreline Master Program was first adopted in June 1974 and was last revised in July 1986. 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. Skamania County (County) is conducting a comprehensive Shoreline Master Program (SMP) update with grant assistance from the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).

Project Updates

The Skamania County Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 2017-02 on June 27, 2017, locally adopting the Shoreline Master Program. The updated Shoreline Master Program was transmitted to the Department of Ecology on August 8, 2017. Ecology held a public comment period from October 25 through November 30, 2017, and the County provided responses to these comments. The County is now awaiting Ecology's approval. Ecology will decide if the County’s proposed program update meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.

Prior to adoption by the Board of County Commissioners, on May 30, 2017, the Shoreline Advisory Committee recommend that the draft Shoreline Master Program be forwarded to the Planning Commission for their review. The Planning Commission held a public hearing on May 30, 2017, and forwarded a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to adopt the new Shoreline Master Program.

Locally Adopted Shoreline Master Program

Background Documents

Staff Contact

The project manager for this update is Alan Peters, Assistant Planning Director. Please contact him at apeters@co.skamania.wa.us.