Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Review

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What is a Shoreline Master Program?

The City of South Bend Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a set of policies and regulations required by state law that has three basic principles:

  • Encourages reasonable and appropriate development of shorelines with an emphasis on water dependent uses;
  • Protects the natural resources and character of the shorelines, the land, vegetation, wildlife, water, and aquatic life within shoreline environment; and,
  • Promotes public access and provides opportunities to enjoy the aesthetic qualities of the natural shorelines and recreational activities in shoreline areas.

Link to the City of South Bend 2017 Shoreline Master Program

Where does the Shoreline Master Program apply?

The jurisdiction of the SMP applies to the following areas within the city limit boundaries:

  • The aquatic areas waterward from the ordinary high-water mark, which includes the Willapa River, Potter Slough, and Skidmore Slough
  • The narrow band of land 200 feet upland from the ordinary high-water mark of the Willapa River, Potter Slough, and Skidmore Slough
  • Any wetlands associated with the Willapa River, Potter Slough, and Skidmore Slough

Link to the Shoreline Jurisdiction Map

Since the adoption of the city’s 2017 SMP, the city has issued only one substantial development permit and one letter of exemption within shoreline jurisdiction.


Required Updates

The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires the city to review, and revise if necessary, its SMP on an eight-year schedule under state law (RCW 90.58.080). This review ensures the SMP stays current with changes with state laws and rules, remains consistent with other city plans and development regulations, and reflects changed circumstances, new information, or improved data.

To see a list of those changes in state laws and rules, please click the link below to review a copy of the Periodic Review Checklist

Link to the Periodic Review Checklist
Link to the Department of Ecology’s Periodic Review Checklist Guidance

While most of the updates required by the state during this periodic review are relatively minor, the new Ocean Resource Management Act (ORMA) requirements represents the biggest change to the city’s SMP. State law requires all jurisdictions in Pacific County adopt these regulations regardless of their proximity to the Pacific Ocean.

You can learn more about Washington State’s Ocean Management program by visiting the Department of Ecology’s web page.

Link to the Department of Ecology’s Ocean Management Program

Participating in the Update Process

You can participate in the update process through one or more of the following steps:

  1. Introductory meeting The city’s Planning Commission will introduce the community to the SMP Periodic Review at 1 PM, October 12, 2021. This meeting will discuss the update process, outline the state’s required updates, provide a Q&A opportunity, and introduce a SMP Update Survey.

    Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, meetings will take place as Zoom webinars. Please check the meeting agenda on the Planning Commission page for the Zoom connection information.

  2. SMP Survey The survey will be an important opportunity to share your ideas, comments, and concerns about the SMP. The survey is available to complete on-line. Please complete and submit your survey by November 11, 2021.

    Link to on-line SMP Update Survey

  3. Planning Commission Review The Planning Commission will be reviewing results of the survey at their 1 PM November 16, 2021 meeting and determining if other changes to the SMP are necessary.

  4. 30-Day Comment Period Once the city completes a second draft SMP after its November meeting, a 30-day public comment period will begin. This comment period will also coordinate with the required environmental review under the State Environmental Policy Act. All documents will be available for public review on this website and at City Hall.

  5. Joint Public Hearing At the conclusion of the comment period, the Planning Commission and the Department of Ecology will hold a Joint Public Hearing. The anticipated date of this hearing will be sometime in January or February 2022. Results from the public hearing may result in additional changes to the draft SMP. Once the Planning Commission is satisfied with their review of the document, they will prepare a recommendation to the City Council for their consideration. The city will also submit the draft SMP to the Department of Ecology for their review.

  6. City Council Adoption The City Council will consider the Planning Commission recommendation and decide their next steps. Changes to the SMP draft may still occur at this stage. When the City Council is ready, they will then adopt the SMP by ordinance and submit it to the Department of Ecology for their final review and approval. At this point, the new 2022 SMP becomes effective.

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Dates for future meetings may change due to unforeseen circumstances and the city may add or update documents (see below).

For more information:

Please contact Dennis Houk, City Supervisor, here or (360) 875-5571

Important SMP Periodic Review Documents

Link to Public Participation Plan

Link to Shoreline Master Program Draft 10-12-21

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