Active Waterfront

The Columbia River, Rock Cove, and Rock Creek are valuable assets for Stevenson’s property owners, residents and visitors.  To ensure that these assets and others like them throughout the state are managed to accommodate all reasonable and appropriate uses, the State of Washington requires local jurisdictions to adopt a Shoreline Management Program or SMP for short.

Best described as a full suite of analyses, visionary endeavors, and regulations that guide use and development along waterways and waterbodies, Stevenson’s Shoreline Management Program must be completed according to the State’s expectations as established in the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26).  

The City Planning Commission and the Shoreline Advisory Committee have drafted a Shoreline Management Program according to these guidelines and the City Council adopted key components of the program on December 20th, 2018. Prior to taking effect, the Washington Department of Ecology must review the regulations of the Shoreline Master Program for compatibility with the state’s goals.

The following documents have been submitted to the state

Adopted by City:

Authorized for State Review:

Results of State Review:

These documents have been prepared based on the overall planning process as described in the following pages.

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