City of Spokane

Spokane Municipal Code

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Title 17E
Chapter 17E.060
Section 17E.060.480

Title 17E Environmental Standards

Chapter 17E.060 Shoreline Regulations

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

Section 17E.060.480 Boating Facilities

  1. Definition.
    Boating facilities include uses for boat or launch ramps. Boating facility use generally requires shoreline modification with impacts to the shoreline both waterward and landward of the ordinary high water mark.
  2. Boating facilities shall meet the requirement for no net loss of shoreline ecological functions.
  3. Boating facilities shall not conflict with existing or planned public access opportunities.
  4. Boating facilities shall be located only on sites with suitable environmental conditions, shoreline configuration, access, and neighboring uses.
  5. Preference shall be given to existing boat launch facilities that can be modified to accommodate multiple types of permitted non-motorized water craft uses.
  6. Location and design of boating facilities shall not obstruct use of the water.
  7. Launch ramps and accessory uses shall be located and designed with the minimum necessary shoreline stabilization to adequately protect facilities from floods and destructive storms.
  8. Launch ramps and accessory uses shall be located where water depths are adequate to avoid the need for dredging.
  9. Boating facilities shall be limited to the minimum size necessary to meet the needs of the use.
  10. Accessory parking facilities shall be located outside the shoreline jurisdiction.
  11. Live-aboard vessels shall not be allowed.

Date Passed: Monday, November 3, 2008

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34326 Section 2