Photo courtesy of Washington State Department of Ecology
The City of Spokane is updating its Shoreline Master Program SMC 17E.060 to allow fish rearing facilities that benefit the restoration and enhancement of native fish and vegetation. Under the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) of 1971, each city with "shorelines of the state" and "shorelines of state-wide significance" must adopt a Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The Shorelines Chapter, Chapter 14 of Spokane's Comprehensive Plan, contains goals and policies that set the direction for preservation, restoration, and development of the shoreline areas in Spokane including, the Spokane River and Latah Creek.
The City of Spokane and Washington Department of Ecology are seeking comments on proposed amendments to the City’s shoreline master program (SMP). The City has prepared draft amendments to the SMP allowing aquaculture uses on the City’s shorelines. The joint local-state public comment period will run from Jul 21, 2023, to August 21, 2023, at 5 p.m. A joint local-state public hearing is set for July 26, 2023, at 4pm, in-person, in the Council Chambers in City Hall and online via the WebEx Meetings software and over the phone, to hear public testimony related to the Shoreline Master Program Aquaculture Update. This hearing or portions thereof may be continued to a later date at the discretion of the Plan Commission. The Public can attend the meeting in-person in the City Council Chambers at 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd. People may also attend online via Webex or call in by phone to hear and testify. Access the meeting link and call-in information at the agenda posted in advance on the Commission’s website. Send comments to City staff member Tyler Kimbrell at firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments sent to the City will be forwarded to the Department of Ecology. Proposed amendments to the City SMP are available for review online and in the City Planning Services and Economic Development Department at 808 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information: The City of Spokane is committed to providing equal access to its facilities, programs and services for persons with disabilities. The Spokane City Council Chamber in the lower level of Spokane City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd., is wheelchair accessible and is equipped with an infrared assistive listening system for persons with hearing loss. Headsets may be checked out (upon presentation of picture I.D.) at the City Cable 5 Production Booth located on the First Floor of the Municipal Building, directly above the Chase Gallery or through the meeting organizer. Individuals requesting reasonable accommodations or further information may call, write, or email Human Resources at 509.625.6383; 808 W. Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA, 99201; or email@example.com. Persons who are deaf or hard of hearing may contact Human Resources through the Washington Relay Service at 7-1-1. Please contact us forty-eight (48) hours before the meeting date.
Tirrell Black, AICP