The South Bend Planning Commission has prepared a draft update of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) and it is now ready for your review!
The State of Washington adopted new rules for SMPs in 2003. These rules changed both the process and expanded the scope of SMPs. State law did not require the city to begin the update process until July 2013. The expected completion date will be around September 2016.
The City Council assigned the Planning Commission the task of preparing a draft update for citizen and council review. The Planning Commission began their work by facilitating a shoreline vision workshop, distributing a community survey, and holding numerous meetings to guide the plan’s development. A first draft Shoreline Master Program is now ready for your review.
How can you review the draft?
How do I provide the City with my comments on the draft?
The Planning Commission will be holding a public hearing on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:00 PM in the South Bend City Hall, 1102 W First Street. There are several ways to provide comments to the Planning Commission on the Shoreline Master Program draft:
All written comments must be received at City Hall by 4:00 PM, May 16, 2016, so the Planning Commission can consider them at the public hearing.
What happens next?
After the public hearing, the Planning Commission will consider all comments and make any changes to the draft, if necessary. They will then make a recommendation to the City Council regarding the adoption of the proposed draft.
The City Council will then study the Planning Commission’s recommendation and the draft. They, too, will hold a public hearing to take additional public comment and make additional changes, if necessary. Once the City Council is satisfied with a final draft, they will forward it to the Washington State Department of Ecology for review. The State will review the draft one last time to verify that it complies with state laws and regulations. Upon their approval of the draft, the City Council will be able to adopt it by ordinance and it will go into effect.
Want to know more? Check out these pages:
Please visit this site often as we will be changing it frequently and adding more items as the planning process moves forward.
Questions? Contact Kim Porter at (360) 875-5571
Information resources for learning more about updating Shoreline Master Programs
These on-line resources contain information about the Shoreline Management Act, Shoreline Master Programs, and the state guidelines for completing them. There are also links to other cities that have completed the process.
Shoreline Management Act (SMA)
- Chapter 90.58, Revised Code of Washington (Official state law on the SMA)
- Introduction to the Shoreline Management Act, Dept. of Ecology
Shoreline Master Programs (SMP)
- Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (Official Washington Administrative Code on the requirements for preparing a SMP)
- Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Overview, Dept. of Ecology
- Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Handbook, Dept. of Ecology (A great info resource that covers in detail many aspects of the SMP update process)
- Frequently Asked Questions about Shoreline Master Programs, Dept. of Ecology (A very thorough list of questions on many topics dealing with SMPs)
- List of Approved Shoreline Master Programs (You can read copies of approved SMPs from other cities and counties in the state; simply click on the links under “Approved SMP Documents”)
Shoreline Map Resources
- Pacific County Mapsifter (View recent aerial photographs of South Bend, along with property data. The legend allows you to add or remove certain features)
- Washington State Geologic Information Portal, Dept. of Natural Resources (Interactive mapping program showing geologic hazards)
- A Short Course on Local Planning – Resource Guide, Dept. of Commerce (This document is useful in understanding how the SMA/SMP works in relationship to other planning requirements.)
Important Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Documents
This map shows the areas where the SMP will apply.
This document provides detail on how the City of South Bend will proceed with the SMP update process and how to involve citizens.