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.060.570

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.060.570 Residential Development
  1. Purpose.
    Single-family residences are the most common form of shoreline development and are identified by the SMA as a priority use when developed in a manner consistent with control of pollution and prevention of damage to the natural environment. Without proper management, single-family residential use can cause significant damage to the shoreline area through cumulative impacts from shoreline armoring, storm water runoff, introduction of pollutants, and vegetation modification and removal. Residential development also includes two-family, three-family, and multi-family development and the creation of new residential lots through land division.
  2. Residential development shall be located and designed such that there is no net loss of shoreline ecological functions.
  3. Residential development within the shoreline jurisdiction shall be set back from steep slopes and eroding shoreline areas so that the shoreline is not further eroded and structural improvements are not required to protect property.
  4. New single-family, two-family and three-family residential development shall not be required to provide public access.
  5. New multi-family residential development shall provide public access, pursuant to SMC 17E.060.290, Physical and Visual Public Access.
  6. Over-water residences shall be prohibited.

Date Passed: Monday, November 3, 2008

Effective Date: Monday, July 26, 2010

ORD C34326 Section 2