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1 Shoreline Master Program Update Shoreline Master Program Update: Process Overview City of Benton City August 30,

2 Shoreline Master Program Update Agenda What is an SMP? How long will it take? What are the steps? What are your visions for the future of Benton City’s shorelines? 2

3 Shoreline Master Program Update 3 Shoreline Management Act (SMA) RCW To prevent harm caused by uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state’s major shorelines Shoreline Master Program (SMP) Guidelines WAC SMP--Carries out provisions of SMA Must be approved by Dept. of Ecology, using policy of RCW and Guidelines as approval standards/criteria

4 Shoreline Master Program Update Key Principles of the SMP Balance —Environmental protection —Public access —Water-oriented uses Preferred Uses No Net Loss of Ecological Function 4

5 Shoreline Master Program Update Updated Shoreline Jurisdiction Stream flows ≥ 20 cubic feet per second Upland areas 200 feet from ordinary high water mark Floodways and adjacent floodplain area 5

6 Shoreline Master Program Update Steps and Status Inventory & Analysis SMP - Environment Designations - Goals - Policies - Regulations Cumulative Impacts Analysis Local Adoption Restoration Plan Determine Jurisdiction Ecology Review and Adoption Public Participation 6

7 Shoreline Master Program Update SMP Contents Environment Designations General Provisions —e.g., critical areas, flood hazard reduction, public access, vegetation conservation Shoreline Modifications —e.g., shoreline stabilization, dredging Shoreline Uses —e.g., residential, recreational, transportation 7

8 Shoreline Master Program Update Inventory Topics Jurisdiction —Proposed Shoreline Management Area Natural Environment 8 —Soils —Geology —Floodplain & Wetlands —Landslide and Seismic Hazard Areas —Priority Habitats/Species and Fish Distribution —Vegetation —Shoreline Ecological Function —Restoration Opportunities

9 Shoreline Master Program Update Inventory Topics Built Environment 9 —Comprehensive Land Use Designations —Zoning —Current Land Use —Sanitary Sewer System —Surface Water System & Outfalls —Impervious Surfaces —Shoreline Modifications —Public Access —303d Listed Waters & Permitted Sites Other —Reach Map

10 Shoreline Master Program Update Restoration Actions Can be important for no net loss Can include watershed level improvements Can include program and voluntary actions Can serve as source of required mitigation measures when there are shoreline impacts Types of Opportunities Enhancement of riparian vegetation Address possible sources of fecal coliform contamination 10

11 Shoreline Master Program Update 11 Targeted Workshop Dates August 30, 2012 – SMP process overview October 25, 2012 – Visioning workshop November 20, 2012 – Goals, policies, and regulations workshop January 24, 2013 – Review draft SMP March 28, 2013 – Revisit draft SMP, cumulative impacts, and restoration May 23, 2013 – Planning Commission recommends SMP to City Council

12 Shoreline Master Program Update Key Public Participation Milestones Shoreline Visioning – October 25, 2012 Draft SMP Workshop – January 24, 2013 Hearings and Local Adoption – Late Spring Keep Informed Attend public meetings and workshops Learn about Benton City’s shoreline Ask questions and provide comments Keep Informed Attend public meetings and workshops Learn about Benton City’s shoreline Ask questions and provide comments

13 Shoreline Master Program Update Discussion Questions Public access Shoreline use Restoration How do you currently use Benton City shorelines? What additional or improved public access could be provided? What future uses you would like to see along Benton City shorelines? What shoreline areas should be: Protected? Restored? How do you currently use Benton City shorelines? What additional or improved public access could be provided? What future uses you would like to see along Benton City shorelines? What shoreline areas should be: Protected? Restored? 13

14 Shoreline Master Program Update Contact Information: Ben Floyd, Anchor QEA Ferdouse Oneza, Oneza & Associates


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