Stevens County Partnership

We are seeking public comment on the locally-adopted regional Shoreline Master Program (SMP) for Stevens County, Kettle Falls, Marcus, and Northport. The public comment period will run from Aug. 5 through Sept. 5, 2019, at 5 p.m.

These jurisdictions formed the Stevens County Partnership (Partnership) in 2014 to coordinate the development of a single, comprehensive regional SMP, which meets state Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requirements under WAC 173-26.

The regional SMP was tailored to the unique and varying geographic, economic, and particular land uses in each of the four jurisdictions. Stevens County adopted its current SMP in 1999. Kettle Falls, Marcus, and Northport, with much smaller shoreline areas within their jurisdictions, had not developed SMPs before now.

Shoreline Jurisdiction

The regional SMP includes the shoreline areas along 40 lakes and 15 streams, including the popular Lake Roosevelt, Loon and Deer Lakes, remote Sheep Creek, and the Colville River, which is bounded by agricultural lands.

Next steps

For six years, the Partnership worked closely with us to navigate the process of developing their locally-tailored shoreline program. We also provided $625,000 in legislative grants that will help local governments protect and restore the environmental functions of shoreline areas, guide shoreline development, and protect access to public waters.

We will compare the Partnership'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 the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the Partnership with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Aug. 5, 2019
Closes: Sept. 5, 2019, at 5 p.m.

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:

Jeremy Sikes
Washington Department of Ecology
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205

Comments must be received no later than Sept. 5, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available for review at the following locations:

Washington Department of Ecology
Jeremy Sikes
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, WA 99205

Stevens County Planning
Jenni Anderson
260 S. Oak St.
Colville, WA 99141

Kettle Falls City Hall
Raena Hallam
580 Meyers St.
Kettle Falls, WA 99141

Town of Marcus
Karen Lyons
1011 Cider St.
Marcus, WA 99151

Town of Northport
Karen Baribault
315 Summit Ave.
Northport, WA 99157

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 partnership's response to comments and our notice of decision when they become available, Please check back.