Pursuant to Resolution 054-18,  there is no Council meeting scheduled for August 27, 2019. The next regularly scheduled meeting is September 10, 2019.

2019-2020 Shoreline Master Program Periodic Update

2019 – 2020  SHORELINE MASTER PROGRAM PERIODIC UPDATE

BACKGROUND AND REQUIREMENTS


Background

The state Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires each city and county to review, and, if necessary, revise their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) at least once every eight years (“periodic review”). The state Legislature set a staggered schedule that alternates with similar reviews under the Washington State Growth Management Act (GMA). The City of Port Orchard’s periodic review will begin on July 1, 2019, with a deadline of June 30, 2020.

The periodic review addresses changes in state law and rules since the last comprehensive update to the jurisdiction’s SMP, changes for consistency with revised comprehensive plans and regulations, and any changes deemed necessary to reflect changed circumstances, new information or improved data. Periodic reviews are focused on new laws or rules that were not in effect when the comprehensive update was adopted, or new information that a local government finds necessitates local amendments. The City of Port Orchard’s most recent comprehensive SMP update was in 2013; a minor update was adopted in 2018.

The City will be using the optional joint state/local review process in partnership with the Department of Ecology (WAC 173-26-104). This joint review process means that the state and city public comment period, which includes at least one public hearing, will run concurrently. The review process also includes initial review and final approval by the Department of Ecology. The SMA requires that local governments provide a full opportunity for involvement in both the development and implementation of their SMPs. In other words, the periodic review requires a public participation program that provides for early and continuous involvement of interested parties throughout the review process.

Scope of Periodic Review

The required minimum scope of review as established by the SMA is:

A. To assure that the master program complies with applicable law and guidelines in effect at the time of the review; and

B. To assure consistency of the master program with the local government's comprehensive plan and development regulations adopted under chapter 36.70A RCW (the GMA), if applicable, and other local requirements.

The periodic review process provides the method for bringing SMPs into compliance with the requirements of the SMA that have been added or changed since the last review and for responding to changes in guidelines adopted by the state, together with a review for consistency with amended comprehensive plans and regulations. The periodic review also provides an opportunity to incorporate amendments to reflect changed circumstances, new information, or improved data since 2013.

The City’s periodic review will meet minimum requirements with a focus on amendments to (a) improve implementation effectiveness and (b) better reflect new information and improved data related to specific topics.

The City’s first steps are to prepare a public participation program and a work plan that includes a timeline, all of which will be made available for public review and comment. It is anticipated that these documents will be available to the public in draft form in August 2019.

How to Get and Stay Involved

As well as coordinating with other local jurisdictions, tribes, and state and federal agencies, the City will use several modes of communication to continuously inform the public and encourage participation in the SMP update, including:

  • Sign up for the City’s email notification list: Members of the public can sign up to receive email notifications about public meetings and other aspects of the SMP amendment process.
  • Public comments: Members of the public can provide in-person comments by testifying to the Planning Commission and City Council, or by providing written comments submitted to the City by letter or email. All comments will be documented, retained, and available for public
  • Website: The City will maintain this SMP update page on its website with updates, important dates, background materials, and drafts.
  • Social media outreach: The City will provide notifications about public meetings and hearings and other aspects of the SMP amendment process on the City’s Facebook page and the Port Orchard community page.
  • Public notification. The City will publish notifications about public meetings and hearings in the Port Orchard Independent and on the City’s webpage.

Contact Information for SMP Periodic Review

 

To sign up for the SMP email notification list or to submit an email comment:

[email protected] 

 

To submit a comment by regular mail:

City of Port Orchard

Department of Community Affairs

214 Prospect St

Port Orchard, WA  98366

 

To view documents in person:

City of Port Orchard

Department of Community Affairs

720 Prospect St

Port Orchard, WA  98366

 

To ask a question by phone:

Keri Sallee, Long Range Planner

(360) 874-5533

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