City of Vancouver proposes amending its SMP

On Jan. 4, 2019, we approved the City of Vancouver's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) amendment which will take effect Jan. 18, 14 days after we notified Vancouver their amendment was approved.

The amendment to the city's SMP, adopted in Ordinance No. M-4242 will:

  • Allow water related and water enjoyment uses on existing piers and docks in the Aquatic Shoreline Designation on the Columbia River between U.S. Interstate 5 and the BNSF railroad bridge. 
  • Add a management policy in the Aquatic Shoreline Designation and a new provision in the Commercial Uses section.
  • Revise and clarify the definition of joint-use dock requirements and adding a regulation.
  • Add a definition to address floating on-water residences for consistency with changes in the law.
  • Revise the definition for “live aboard.”

We used mail and email to notify interested parties about the public comment period held Dec. 6 through Dec. 21, 2018, and listed the comment period on Ecology's public input & events listing. We received comment from one entity who indicated support for the proposed revisions to certain definitions.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the Columbian legal ads on Jan. 18, 2019.