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City of Vancouver proposes amending its SMP

We are seeking public comment on a proposed amendment to the City of Vancouver's shoreline master program (SMP) until Dec. 21, 2018, at 5 p.m. The proposed SMP amendment, adopted in Ordinance No. M-4242, would:

  • 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.”

Proposed amendment must comply with state law, guidelines

The proposed SMP amendment will be compared 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 amendment as is.
  • Approve the amendment with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the City of Vancouver with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment Period

Opens: Dec. 6, 2018
Closes: Dec. 21, 2018, 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.

We prefer comments be submitted through the e-comment form provided on the webpage.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Online via e-comment form

By Mail:
Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6520

Comments must received by Dec. 21, 2018, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

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

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98501
Kim Van Zwalenburg
kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
360-407-6520

Vancouver Community and Economic Development
415 West Sixth Street
Vancouver, WA 98668-1995
Jennifer Campos
jennifer.campos@cityofvancouver.us
360-487-7728

Next steps: Response to public comment and decisions

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes. We will also post the City of Vancouver's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Check back.