The City of Spokane is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA) (RCW 90.58). The Shoreline Management Act was created by citizen referendum in 1972, and includes the goals, policies, and regulations that govern land use and activities within the City limits. The Shoreline Management Act requires each Shoreline Master Program be reviewed on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature (RCW 90.58.080). Spokane's shoreline jurisdiction includes Spokane River and Hangman Creek through the City; their associated wetlands and floodplains; and land within the 200 foot buffer zone of these water-bodies. The last Shoreline Master Program update was done in 2011. The City is scheduled to complete this latest periodic review by June 30, 2021.
Shoreline Master Program Process
Shoreline Master Programs are local land-use policies and regulations that guide use of Washington shorelines to protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public water and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses. Washington Department of Ecology is required to maintain a checklist that includes review elements. The checklist helps counties, cities, and towns determine what to review and where each applicable issue is addressed in the Shoreline Master Program.
Our updated Shoreline Master Program will:
This periodic update will not re-evaluate the ecological baseline that was established as part of the last Shoreline Master Program update; change shoreline jurisdiction or environment designations; or result in changes to the comprehensive plan.
Early and continuous public participation is an important part of the review process. A public participation plan has been developed to outline the steps that we will take to provide opportunities for engagement and public comment. The plan is a working document and will be adjusted as needed to provide for the greatest and broadest public participation.
City of Spokane
Washington Department of Ecology