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Shorelines Master Program Update:


Klickitat County Shorelines Master Plan Update:  

May 24, 2019 Progress Report

In response to requests from various stakeholders during 2016 and 2017 workshops and community Open House meetings, the Klickitat County Board of County Commissioners appointed a Technical Advisory Committee/Citizen Advisory Committee (TAC/CAC) in February, 2018.  The Board appointed representatives of agriculture, timber, landowners, environmental and other interests.  The TAC/CAC met in April, June and September, 2018 to review/discuss comments/information submitted by the public and various agencies. They also reviewed the working draft SMP text, SMP inventory, Gap analysis, Shoreline Analysis Report, Draft Restoration Plan.  Most of the discussions focused on: conflicting information submitted by agencies and the public relating to the criteria for designating certain streams/rivers as subject to the Shoreline Management Ac; and the assignment of SEDs (Shoreline Environment Designations) to streams/rivers qualifying as shoreline subject to the Shoreline Management Act.  Other issues discussed by the TAC/CAC related to, but were not restricted to public access, setbacks, agriculture, timber management, federal status of some shorelines as “scenic” and general use of shoreline properties.

The TAC/CAC accepted the inventory and SMP technical studies as sufficiently accurate on which to base the working draft SMP; and concluded that comments in response to technical aspects of the SMP had been addressed.  The Planning Commission provided the Planning Department staff direction to conduct SEPA (State Environmental Policy Act) and initiate the formal public hearing process which includes distribution of the working draft SMP to the public and agencies for review and comment.

A SEPA determination was issued on April 26, 2019.  An appeal to the SEPA threshold determination was received on May 17, 2019.  The public hearing that was               tentatively scheduled before the Planning Commission on June 17, 2019 in now       postponed until further notice.

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Click on the following links for additional information
Klickitat County Shoreline Master Program Update 11-15-17

WA DOE Shoreline Master Programs Handbook:

SMP Proposed Shorelines Environmental Designation (SED)

SED Summary of Changes

SMP SEPA Checklist
SMP No Net Loss Report
SMP Cumulative Impact Analysis
SMP Restoration Plan
Summary April 12 2018 TAC meeting
Summary June 14 2018 TAC meeting
Summary September 12 2018 TAC meeting
Klickitat County Draft SMP April 2019

Klickitat County Draft SMP April 2019 with line numbers

Gap Analysis drafted November 2016

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) on the Shorelines Master Program Update: FAQ
Slide Show Presentation from the 3/15/17 Open House Presentation  

Shoreline Master Program Update: Revised Time Line   
Shorelines Master Program Update: 2/15/17 Open House Postponement Notice 
Shorelines Master Program Update: Participation Plan

Klickitat County Shorelines Program Update:   Draft Analysis Report
Shorelines Program Update-Draft Analysis Repor
t:  Appendix A
 *Appendix B (there are 29 separate files or links)
 Appendix B-Link 1:  Preliminary Shorelines Jurisdiction
Appendix B-Link 2: Existing Shoreline Environmental Designations
Appendix B-Link 3: Current Land Use
Appendix B-Link 4: Zoning
Appendix B- Link 5: Land Ownership
Appendix B-Link 6: Undeveloped Land
Appendix B- Link 7: Shorelines Public Access and Recreation
Appendix B-Link 8: 
Impervious Surface Coverage
Appendix B- Link 9: Land Cover
Appendix B- Link 10: Floodplain and Floodway
Appendix B-Link 11:  Wetlands and Surface Water
Appendix B-Link 12: Water and Sewer Infrastructure
Appendix B-Link 13: Surficial Geology
Appendix B-Link 14: Soils (14)
Appendix B-Link 15: Soils (14B)
Appendix B-Link 16: Geological Hazards (15A)
Appendix B-Link 17: Geological Hazards (15B)
Appendix B- Link 18: Shoreline Modifications
Appendix B-Link 19: Water Quality
Appendix B-Link 20: Ecology Regulated Facilities
Appendix B-Link 21: Historic Places and Properties
Appendix B-Link 22: Transportation and Energy Infrastructure
Appendix B-Link 23: Regions of Priority Habitats and Species
Appendix B-Link 24: Occurrences of Priority Habitats and Species (22)
Appendix B-Link 25: Occurrences of Priority Habitat Species (22A)
Appendix B-Link 26: Distribution of Anadromous and Resident Fish
Appendix B-Link 27: Aquifers and Aquifer Recharge Areas
Appendix B-Link 28: Channel and Migration Zones
Appendix B-Link 29: Shoreline Reaches