Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Periodic Review
Updated March 29, 2022
What is a Shoreline Master Program?
The City of Long Beach Shoreline Master Program (SMP) is a set of policies and regulations required by state law that has three basic principles:
Link to the City of Long Beach 2017 Shoreline Master Program
Where does the Shoreline Master Program apply?
The jurisdiction of the SMP applies to the following areas located between the northern and southern city limit boundaries:
Link to the Shoreline Jurisdiction Map
These three areas are very limited in size. In fact, there have been no development permits issued within shoreline jurisdiction since the city’s 2017 adoption of its SMP.
Required Periodic Review
The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires the city to review, and revise if necessary, its SMP on an eight-year schedule under state law (RCW 90.58.080). This review ensures the SMP stays current with changes with state laws and rules, remains consistent with other city plans and development regulations, and reflects changed circumstances, new information, or improved data.
While most of the updates required by the state during this periodic review are relatively minor, the new Ocean Resource Management Act (ORMA) requirements represent the biggest change to the city’s SMP. You can learn more about Washington State’s Ocean Management program by visiting the Department of Ecology’s web page.
Link to the Department of Ecology’s Ocean Management Program
New Draft SMP Ready for Public Review
The Long Beach Planning Commission recently released a draft document for public review that includes all required Washington State laws and rules. Included with the draft SMP are two checklists – one for the Ocean Management rule changes and another that covers all other laws and rules that now need to be in the SMP. These checklists are handy for pinpointing where you can find these changes in the new draft. The Draft SMP below is in Track Changes format so you can see all changes in the document.
Link to revised LBSMP Draft 03-22-22
Link to LB Ocean Mgt Checklist 12-06-21
Link to LB PRChecklist 03-29-22
Link to Staff Report for the January 11, 2022 Hearing
NOTE: Please remember that the SMP adopts by reference the city’s Critical Areas Regulations, Title 13 of the Long Beach Municipal Code. These regulations apply to critical areas both within and outside shoreline jurisdiction to help protect and restore shoreline ecological functions. You will find the Critical Areas Regulations adoption by reference under the Section 2.5.4.
For example, if you want to know how the SMP protects and manages the city’s dune areas within the shoreline environment, you will consult LBMC 13-6-3, Performance Standards in frequently flooded areas and LBMC 13-8-5, Performance Standards in Erosion Hazard Areas.
Submitting Comments and Public Hearing on SMP Draft
The City of Long Beach Planning Commission is now seeking public comment on the Draft SMP. You may submit comments on the Draft SMP from now until 5:00 PM, January 21, 2022. Please send your comments to the City Planner at City of Long Beach, PO Box 310, 115 Bolstad Avenue W, Long Beach, WA 98631 or email@example.com.
In addition, the Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the Draft SMP via Zoom beginning at 6:00 PM, January 11, 2022. Zoom Meeting ID: 899 7194 8601 and Password: 12345678
There will be a presentation by the city followed by an opportunity for those in attendance to share their comments on the draft. Interested parties may continue to provide comments to the Planning Commission until the close of the comment period on January 21, 2022.
Please visit this site often as there maybe updates to schedules and draft documents.
For more information:
Please contact Ariel Smith, City Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 642-4421
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