Kalama Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive update & periodic review

Public comment period requested June 7 - July 11, 2022

We are seeking public comment on the city of Kalama’s proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP), including amendments to satisfy the periodic review requirement.

The proposed SMP will entirely replace the city’s 1977 master program. The updated goals, policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions are locally tailored to reflect current conditions and community vision for future shoreline use and development. The updated SMP prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration, and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue. The periodic review amendments are based on recent changes to statute and rule, and addresses minor issues regarding the substantial development cost threshold, ADA retrofit permit exemption, definitions, SMP applicability, relief for restoration projects, and transportation project review. Both the comprehensive update and periodic review are mandated by RCW 90.58.080.

The SMP applies to approximately six miles of shorelines including the Kalama River, Kress Lake, and the Columbia River. The Kalama and Columbia rivers are designated as shorelines of statewide significance.

We will compare Kalama’s proposed SMP to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the city with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: June 7, 2022
Closes: July 11, 2022

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Tess Brandon
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than July 11, 2022

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Next Steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the city of Kalama's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.