North Bonneville Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update and Periodic Review

Public comment requested Nov. 21 through Dec. 23, 2022

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

Please provide your comments on North Bonneville’s proposed amendment to its SMP by Dec. 23, 2022. The city’s updated SMP will entirely replace its 1974 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 master program 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 address minor issues regarding the substantial development cost threshold, ADA retrofit permit exemption, definitions, local review and permit filing procedures, nonconforming use and development, and transportation project review. Both the comprehensive update and periodic review are mandated by RCW 90.58.080.

The SMP applies to approximately 7 miles of shoreline jurisdiction along portions of Hamilton Creek, Greenleaf Lake, Greenleaf Creek, and the Columbia River — a shoreline of statewide significance — as well as the associated wetlands and shorelands of these water bodies located within the city's limits. The landward extent of jurisdiction does not include optional areas of floodplain, critical areas, or their buffers beyond the minimum 200 feet from ordinary high-water marks.

We will compare the city of North Bonneville's proposed program 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: Nov. 21, 2022
Closes: Dec. 23, 2022

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

Submit written comments and questions to:

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

Comments must be received no later than Dec. 23, 2022.

Documents for public review and comment

Next steps: Response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted on this webpage a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the city of North Bonneville’s response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.