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File #: 21-0067    Version: 1
Type: recommendation Status: Filed
File created: 1/12/2021 In control: Planning Commission
Agenda date: 2/8/2021 Final action: 2/8/2021
Title: Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review - Deliberations
Attachments: 1. Webpage, 2. Public Comments, 3. Nisqually Indian Tribe Comments, 4. West Bay Aerial Photos
Title
Shoreline Master Program Periodic Review - Deliberations

Recommended Action
Conduct deliberations on draft revisions to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), related revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO), and public comments received.

Report
Issue:
Whether to conduct deliberations on draft revisions to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), related revisions to the Critical Areas Ordinance (CAO), and public comments received.

Staff Contact:
Joyce Phillips, Senior Planner, Community Planning & Development, 360.570.3722

Presenter(s):
None

Background and Analysis:
Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs) are local land use policies and regulations that guide development and the use of most shorelines. SMPs apply to both public and private uses for lakes, streams, associated wetlands, and marine shorelines. They protect natural resources for future generations, provide for public access to public waters and shores, and plan for water-dependent uses. SMPs must be consistent with the Shoreline Management Act (RCW 90.58) and must be approved by the Washington State Department of Ecology (Ecology).

SMPs must be reviewed and, if necessary, updated to ensure they remain compliant with state laws and local comprehensive plans. This review must be completed every eight (8) years and is known as the "Periodic Review". Olympia's SMP Periodic Review must be completed by June 30, 2021.

Ecology provides technical assistance, guidance documents, and grant funding for this work. Ecology's grant contract requires completion of five tasks, designed to ensure local governments complete the required Periodic Review. The primary task is to review the SMP and draft revisions, if needed.

The City used Ecology's checklist and determined that some changes are needed. This analysis was reviewed by Ecology for their input. The outcome of that review, known as the Gap Analysis, then became the minimum scope of work for the update.

The draft SMP amendments were issued i...

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