The Queen of the West Docks at Stevenson Landing

This phase concludes the City’s portion of the SMP update and prepares the final record for submittal, review and approval by Ecology, including 1) the adopted SMP, 2) complete of SEPA compliance documentation, 3) GMA compliance documentation, 4) public hearing documentation, 5) a responsiveness summary to the public’s comments, and 6) demonstrable proof that the required SMP Update activities have been completed.

SEPA & GMA Compliance

The adoption of the Shoreline Master Program does not happen in a vacuum, and Stevenson must still comply with its responsibilities under the State Environmental Policy Act and Growth Management Act.  Prior to local adoption, a Threshold Determination on the SMP’s environmental impacts must be issued and all subsequent comment periods, amendments, or additional studies must conclude according to the provisions of RCW 43.21C and WAC 197-11.  Any Critical Areas included within the SMP must also satisfy the 60-day  notice of intent to adopt process required under RCW 36.70A.  Only upon completion of these actions, may the City Council consider adopting the SMP.

City Council Hearing, Responsiveness Summary & Adoption

The City Council will also hold at least one public hearing on the full draft SMP to allow public comment on the project as a whole. After the public hearing, City staff will prepare a summary of all comments received during the hearing and the public comment period.  This summary will include individual responses to these comments discussing how the draft SMP addresses the issues the comment identifies.  When the Council feels the issues have been addressed to their satisfaction, they will adopt the SMP and forward it to Ecology for approval.

Phase 5 Deliverables

  1. Complete Locally Adopted SMP
  2. SEPA products
  3. Evidence of compliance with Growth Management Act
  4. Public hearing record
  5. Response to comments received at public hearing
  6. SMP Submittal Checklists: Submitted to Ecology and available at City Hall upon request


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