The City of Leavenworth is updating the 2012 Shoreline Master Program, as required by the Washington State Shoreline Management Act (SMA), RCW 90.58.080(4). The review ensures the Shoreline Master Program stays current with changes in laws and rules, remains consistent with other City plans and regulations, and is responsive to changed circumstances, new information and improved data. Additionally, the City will consider ways to streamline the regulations and permit processes.
The Shoreline Master Program is both a comprehensive plan element and a regulating document for the lands within 200’ of the ordinary high-water mark or associated floodplain, known as the shoreline jurisdiction. For the City of Leavenworth that covers lands from the Golf Course downstream to the KOA campgrounds. The shoreline jurisdiction is managed by both the City and Department of Ecology. This governing partnership includes an optional joint planning and updating process which is being used for this update.
The public is encouraged to participate in the periodic update by sharing comments, reviewing changes and attending meetings.
Development Services is dedicated to providing communication about planning activities. Please sign up for email notifications by sending your name and email address to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be helpful if you indicate “SMP” in the subject line. Once you are on the notification list, we will send you meeting notices and project updates.
The City Planning Commission will initiate a Shoreline Master Program Update with a Community Open House, currently planned for late summer 2020. This open housing will focus on receiving input from the community and known stakeholders. As of today, the known stakeholders include the Wenatchee River Institute, Rafting Companies, Cascade School District, Alpensee Strasse Homeowner Association, River Bend Homeowner Association, Friends of Leavenworth, Department of Fish and Wildlife, Department of Ecology and the Tribes.
At the Planning Commission meetings, you can listen to presentation(s), hear the discussion and provide comment or take that experience home and ponder the ideas before providing comment. These meetings are held every first Wednesday of the month at 7pm at City Hall and via Zoom. Specific agendas are updated on the Planning Commission website or you can receive direct notifications if you have signed up for notifications by emailing email@example.com.
Many people have limited time or may not feel comfortable attending a meeting. However, your comments and ideas are equally important and can be submitted by email or mail.
Mail: Planning Commission, SMP, PO Box 287, Leavenworth, WA 98826
If you prefer a conversation, you are encouraged to reach out to one of the Planning Commission Members, Council Members, Mayor, Department of Ecology or the Development Services staff.
The following list of documents are anticipated to be created through the planning process and will become available once complete.