North Bonneville Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update and Periodic Review

On May 23, 2024, we provided required and recommended changes to the City of North Bonneville (City) on their shoreline master program (SMP).

The required and recommended changes are based on our review of whether or not the proposed combined comprehensive update and periodic review amendment complies with state laws and rules, and input from a public comment period held Nov. 21 to Dec. 23, 2022.

Mail and email notices were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Written comments from two organizations were received. Comments focused on application requirements, critical area buffers, docks, environment designations, emergency construction, in-stream structures, recreation, shoreline setbacks, stabilization, and water quality. On March 16, 2023, we sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The city prepared written responses to the public's comments and provided them to us on June 7, 2023. The response to comments document is posted below.

The SMP applies to approximately 7 miles of shoreline jurisdiction along Hamilton Creek, Greenleaf Creek, Greenleaf lake, and the Columbia River, including associated wetlands and shorelands. The updated SMP prioritizes water-oriented activities, public access, habitat protection, and ecological restoration, and allows for legal existing uses and structures to continue.

The city locally adopted the updated SMP via Resolution No. 554 in Nov. 2021. The comprehensive update will entirely replace the existing 1974 SMP, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The update also brings the SMP into consistency with changes to state law, local regulations, and other local circumstances, as needed to comply with the mandated periodic review. Our required and recommended changes have been sent to the city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final approval will occur when we have reached agreement with the city on language that meets state requirements.

Documents for public review and comment