County schedules open houses on Shoreline Master Program changes

Residents can review proposed changes to SMP policies and regulations and share feedback

VANCOUVER — Shoreline Master Programs (SMP) are local land-use policies and regulations that guide use of shorelines. SMPs are based on state guidelines and tailored to the specific needs of the community. Clark County is undertaking a periodic review of its SMP, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA).

Clark County is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Management Program, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act. Photo by Mike Schultz
Clark County is undertaking a periodic review of its Shoreline Management Program, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act. Photo by Mike Schultz

Residents can review proposed changes to SMP policies and regulations and share feedback at one of two upcoming open house events:

  • 6-7:30 pm Thursday, Nov. 14, Ridgefield Administrative and Civic Center, Commons, 510 Pioneer St.
  • 6-7:30 pm Monday, Nov. 18, Frontier Middle School, Commons, 7600 NE 166th Ave.

Stop by any time during one of the open houses to review displays, talk to staff, and share your comments.

If you are unable to attend in person, you can participate in an online open house via the project website link below. The online open house will be available Nov. 12 through Dec. 1, 2019.

For more information, visit https://www.clark.wa.gov/smp2020.

The SMA requires each SMP be reviewed and revised, if needed, on an eight-year schedule established by the Legislature. The review ensures the SMP stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other Clark County plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data.

Learn more on the Department of Ecology SMA webpage https://ecology.wa.gov/Water-Shorelines/Shoreline-coastal-management/Shoreline-coastal-planning/Shoreline-Management-Act-SMA.

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