Leavenworth shoreline master program: periodic review

On March 24, 2022, we approved the City of Leavenworth’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) periodic update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Leavenworth’s shoreline program is April 7, 2022, 14 days after we provided notice to the city that their SMP was approved.

We held a public comment period November 1 – December 1, 2021. We used email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We did not receive any comments.


The periodic review revises the existing SMP, to incorporate changes in local circumstances, the Shoreline Management Act and associated rules. The key changes the city proposed:

  • Removal of references to WAC, RCW and the old SMP (county document) were removed
  • Housekeeping changes included: replacing the “City of Leavenworth” references to “Shoreline Administrator” as appropriate; grammar corrections, updating of text for readability and simplification of text; moved application requirements to Section 7; and, removal of references that did not apply to the city
  • Added reference to best available science
  • Updated Appendix B, Critical Areas, to match amendments made to the city regulations by Ordinance 1597, approved by the Leavenworth City Council in 2019
  • Removed or combined redundant regulations
  • Updated Shoreline Use and Modification Matrix (Use/Permit Chart) to reflect definitions, designations and community needs for permitting; including removal of mining and forest practices as a permitted use
  • Removed the requirement for written exemption letters for exempt activities
  • Removed several buffer reductions to better fit the city shoreline conditions; also moved buffer and reduction tables to new location (SMP Section 3.4) to improve flow/use of the SMP
  • Prohibited new subdivisions within the channel migration zone
  • Required all new development to connect to city sewer — except recreational facilities
  • Simplified recreational development requirements
  • Simplified shoreline stabilization — new and repair, which includes maintenance; removed requirements for enlargement and replacement which will be reviewed as new
  • Removal of Section 5.21, Redevelopment, Repair and Maintenance which is covered within the SMP, including the non-conforming section
  • Added “pre-existing residential structures” to the non-conforming section to clarify how these may be maintained/repaired, replaced and/or enlarged
  • Streamlined other non-conforming regulations
  • Updated the duration/expiration of permit timelines for clarity
  • Updated definitions, removing terms that were unnecessary and modifying others to improve clarity or consistency with the SMP

Documents for public review and comment

Appeals