Stevenson SMP update & periodic review

Public comment requested

We are seeking public comment on the city of Stevenson'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 1974 SMP. The updated goals, policies, regulations, environment designations, and administrative provisions are locally tailored to reflect current conditions and the community's 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 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, non-conforming 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 10 miles of shorelines including Rock Creek, Rock Cove, a small portion of Ashes Lake, and the Columbia River, a shoreline of statewide significance.

Our review process

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

Public comment period

Opens: May 1, 2019
Closes: June 3, 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:

Online via the E-comment Form

By mail:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 4775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775


Comments must be received no later than June 3, 2019 at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available for review by appointment at the following locations:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Phone: 360-407-6349

Ben Shumaker
Stevenson City Hall
7121 E. Loop Road
Stevenson, Washington 98648
Phone: 509-427-5970

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

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