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Shoreline Master Programs

Spokane Valley Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On August 20, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved the City of Spokane Valley’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Spokane Valley’s shoreline program is September 3, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development, and improves public access and recreational opportunities along the Spokane River and Shelly Lake.

Ecology used mail and email to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage public participation and comment. Ecology received two written comments after the close of the comment period. Comments focused on critical area protections, shoreline buffers and vesting.  Given that the comments were received after the close of the comment period, it was within the city’s discretion whether or not to formally respond. The city elected to respond and prepare a table of the public’s comments and city’s responses.  

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted shoreline master program

Background documents

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Jaime Short, Washington Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the Spokane Valley News Herald legal ads on September 4, 2015.

Staff contact

Jeremy Sikes
Washington Department of Ecology
Eastern Regional Office
4601 N. Monroe
Spokane, Washington 99205

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