Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires jurisdictions that contain “shorelines of the state” within their boundaries to periodically update their Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs). The City of Longview adopted the “Shoreline Management Master Program for Cowlitz County, Washington 1977.” The shoreline master program has not received a major update since that initial 1977 date. The current program must be updated to be consistent with Washington State Department of Ecology’s Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. This involves a participation process with the public, local and state agencies, and affected tribes. Longview must complete its SMP Update by July 2015.
Longview’s updated SMP will be used as a planning document that will set policy and regulation for the City’s shoreline areas, including adjacent upland areas within 200 feet of designated shorelines and associated wetlands and floodplain areas.
The City shoreline jurisdictional areas are:
• Columbia River – approximately 2.4 miles of shoreline with about 37 percent of it consisting of a busy deep-water port (Port of Longview) and the remainder relatively undeveloped. There is a levee system along this shoreline.
• Cowlitz River – approximately 3.9 miles of shoreline with mixed uses. There is a levee system along this shoreline.
• Lake Sacajawea – approximately 4.4 miles of shoreline. This 51.5 acre lake is completely surrounded by the city-owned Lake Sacajawea Park.
The three primary areas of focus of the SMP Update are to:
- Accommodate reasonable and protective uses of the shoreline;
- Protect shoreline environmental resources; and
- Protect the public’s right to access and use the shorelines (Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.58.020).
The Longview Planning Commission held a public hearing on the draft SMP on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. At their November 5 regular meeting, the Planning Commission unanimously voted to recommend approval of draft SMP. The City Council considered the Planning Commission’s recommendation at their January 8, 2015 meeting and then, at their January 22 meeting, approved a resolution to send the draft SMP to the State Department of Ecology for their review. The Draft Shorelines Master Program submittal was sent to the Department of Ecology on March 5, 2015.
Links to the Draft City of Longview Shoreline Master Program and supporting documents are given below:
Longview was awarded a $125,000 grant from the State Department of Ecology (DOE) for the SMP Update. Ecological Land Services, Inc. is providing consultant services to assist with the SMP Update, including many of the tasks listed above.
Note: At the beginning of the Shoreline Master Program update the Long Bell Log Pond was considered to be a shoreline of the State. In a letter dated February 6, 2014
, the Washington State Department of Ecology stated that the Long Bell Log Pond is not a shoreline of the State. As such, the City’s Draft Shoreline Master Program does not address the log pond.
For questions or more information regarding the Shoreline Master Program Update, please contact:
Steve Langdon, Planning Manager
Please watch this webpage for updates and more information as the process proceeds.