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 Speak Up for Shorelines this Spring and Summer

The City is reviewing its Shoreline Master Program (“SMP”) as required every eight years by the state. Camas and its urban growth boundary have 946 acres on 26 miles of shorelines — along Lacamas Creek, Fallen Leaf Lake, Lacamas Lake, Round Lake, and the Columbia and Washougal rivers. Whether you live or work near shorelines or visit them for recreation, we need your input to help keep them both accessible and healthy. You can comment and participate through Sept. 14. Watch a short video here! We also created a fact sheet that you could download.


30 Day Comment Period Begins August 13, 2020

A 30-day comment period begins Aug. 13 and ends Sept. 14 at 5 p.m. Send written comments to project manager Sarah Fox:

Your comments will go to both the City and to the Washington State Department of Ecology. The City is combining the local and state comment periods as allowed under WAC 173-26-104.

Joint Public Hearing on September 15, 2020

The City Planning Commission and the State Department of Ecology will conduct a joint public hearing about the proposed amendments on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m. via Zoom due to COVID-19. Anyone is welcome to give testimony, watch or listen. Check the city’s Meetings & Agenda page for link to join us.

A joint hearing is allowed by the Shoreline Management Act (chapter 90.58 RCW) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC 173-26-104).

Give Testimony

Here’s how to give testimony:

  • Orally: Join the remote hearing via Zoom on Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.
  • Email: CommunityDevelopment@cityofcamas.us
  • Mail: Camas Planning Commission, c/o Sarah Fox, 616 NE 4th Ave., Camas, WA 98607

See the Meetings & Agenda page at https://www.cityofcamas.us/yourgovernment/minuteagendavideo for the meeting information and participant link.

Review the Proposal

A compilation of project information and the current proposal are available to review below

Previous Drafts: 
SMP draft amendments (Version 1.0)
SMP draft amendments (Version 1.1)
SMP periodic update checklist (February 2020)
SMP report to Council (February 10, 2020)
SMP draft amendments  Version 1.2  March 2020
SMP report to Planning Commission (March 17, 2020)


The proposal includes:

  • Mandatory amendments due to changes in the law since the last review eight years ago
  • Updates from staff and the ad hoc Technical Advisory Committee

Amendments and updates in brief:

  • Permits for some types of shoreline development would become easier to obtain, and less often required — especially for homeowners.
  • The Shoreline Management Review Committee would be eliminated, allowing City staff to process more permits. (The public would still be notified and have a chance to give input.)
  • Requirements for the length of new docks and the width of pilings would be changed to better fit the unique conditions within the Columbia River and to reduce the need for variances.
  • Tree regulations in Appendix C would be updated for consistency with Camas Municipal Code, Title 16.

The City welcomes and encourages early and continuous public participation throughout this review.
Review the public participation plan [here]

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