City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17E
Chapter 17E.060
Section 17E.060.430

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations

Article V. General Requirements for Shoreline Use and Modifications: Part IV. General Requirements for Shoreline Modifications

Section 17E.060.430 Piers and Docks
  1. Definition.

A pier or dock is a structure built over or floating on the water used as a landing place for water transport or recreational purposes.

  1. New piers and docks shall be allowed only for water-dependent uses or public access. As used here, a dock associated with a single-family residence is a water-dependent use provided that it is designed and intended as a facility for access to watercraft and otherwise complies with the provisions of this section.
  1. New piers and docks shall be allowed only in reservoir areas (as defined in SMC 17A.020.180) behind dams where flow conditions least resemble the natural free-flowing river, except as necessary for dam maintenance.
    1. The reservoir areas within the shoreline jurisdiction where piers and docks shall be allowed are:
      1. Division Street east to the Kardong Bridge; and
      1. Upriver Dam east to the Spokane City limits.
    1. A new pier or dock shall be engineered and constructed to withstand the seasonal high-water flows within the reservoir in which it is located.
  1. New piers and docks shall be designed and constructed to avoid or, if that is not possible, to minimize and mitigate the impacts to ecological functions and critical areas resources such as fish habitat and processes such as currents and river flow.
  1. Piers and docks shall be required to adhere to the mitigation sequencing in SMC 17E.060.230.
  1. Pier and dock construction shall be restricted to the minimum size necessary to meet the needs of the proposed water-dependent use.
  1. New pier or dock construction, excluding docks accessory to single-family residences, shall be permitted only when the applicant has demonstrated that a specific need exists to support the intended water-dependent uses.
  1. New residential development of two or more dwellings shall provide joint use or community dock facilities, when feasible.
  1. New pier or dock construction requires state and federal agency permits.

Date Passed: Monday, November 3, 2008

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34326 Section 2