City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

***Note: Many local criminal codes can now be located under Chapter 10.60 SMC while others are now cited under the Revised Code of Washington (RCW), which was incorporated into the municipal code in 2022. (See SMC 10.58.010). Code Enforcement, including Noise Control and Animal Regulations are located in Chapters 10.62 through 10.74.

Title 17E
Chapter 17E.060
Section 17E.060.050

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations

Article I. General Provisions

Section 17E.060.050 Shoreline Jurisdiction
  1. The “shoreline jurisdiction” shall refer to the shoreline areas of the Spokane River and Latah Creek within the Spokane city limits where the shoreline regulations shall apply, the general boundaries of which are illustrated on the shoreline jurisdiction map, SMC 17E.060.060. In the event that any of the boundaries on the shoreline jurisdiction map conflict with the criteria of WAC 173-22-040 as amended, the criteria shall control.
  1. The shoreline jurisdiction map generally depicts the extent of the shoreline jurisdiction, but the extent of shoreline jurisdiction on an individual lot, parcel, or tract is to be determined by field investigations and a survey and is the sole responsibility of the project applicant/owner. Said investigation/survey shall be included in shoreline permit application submittals to determine the extent of shoreline jurisdiction.
  1. The shoreline jurisdiction shall include:
    1. all water bodies and land underlying these water bodies within the City of Spokane qualifying as “shorelines of the state,” pursuant to the SMA, RCW 90.58.030(2)(c). In the City of Spokane, shorelines of the state are the Spokane River and Latah Creek within the Spokane city limits;
    1. all upland areas, also referred to as “shorelands,” that extend two hundred feet landward in all directions on a horizontal plane from the edge of the ordinary-high-water mark of the Spokane River and Latah Creek within the Spokane city limits; and
    1. any associated wetlands, floodways, and some or all of the one hundred year floodplain, including all wetlands within the one hundred year floodplain of the Spokane River and Latah Creek within the Spokane city limits.
  1. All property located within the shoreline jurisdiction shall be subject to both the requirements of the applicable zone classification and to the requirements imposed by these shoreline regulations.
  1. The provisions of the City of Spokane critical areas ordinances do not extend shoreline jurisdiction beyond the limits specified in the SMP.
  1. When a critical area, other than an associated wetland, overlaps into the shoreline jurisdiction or is partly within and partly outside of the shoreline jurisdiction, the buffer and/or setback from the portion of the critical area that is outside of the shoreline jurisdiction is subject to the critical areas ordinances, but not these shoreline regulations.
  1. If a project includes land within the shoreline jurisdiction as well as adjacent lands, only the portion of the project within the shoreline jurisdiction must meet the SMA and SMP regulations and standards (e.g. height limit, lot coverage, etc.). However, projects that include land in the shoreline jurisdiction as well as adjacent areas shall include consideration of the environmental impacts of the entire project.

Date Passed: Monday, November 3, 2008

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34326 Section 2