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Shoreline Master Program Update

Leavenworth Shoreline Master Program Periodic Update 2021

Why review the 2012 Shoreline Master Program?

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.

How you can participate?

The public is encouraged to participate in the periodic update by sharing comments, reviewing changes and attending meetings.

Get on the email notification list

Development Services is dedicated to providing communication about planning activities. Please sign up for email notifications by sending your name and email address to 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.

Public Open House

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.

Attend a Planning Commission Meeting

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

Provide your comments and ideas

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

Visit with us

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.

Project Documents

The following list of documents are anticipated to be created through the planning process and will become available once complete.

  • Department of Ecology Periodic Review Checklist (pending October 2020, or sooner)
  • Community Open House Summary (pending October 2020, or sooner)
  • Draft Updates to the Leavenworth Shoreline Master Program (pending December 2020, or sooner)
  • Response to Public Comments (pending February 2021, or sooner)
  • Public Hearing Draft Leavenworth Shoreline Master Program (pending March 2021, or sooner)
  • City Adopted Leavenworth Shoreline Master Program (pending June 2021, or sooner)

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