Speak Up for Shorelines this Spring and Summer
The City is reviewing its Shoreline Master Program 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. An open house at the Police Station’s Community Room (2100 NE 3rd Ave) will be scheduled after COVID-19 stay at home orders are lifted. Additionally, mailers to invite participation will be sent to properties that are located within 500 feet of the city’s shorelines.
See the program’s fact sheet for details. You can also see a list of the program’s proposed changes, but in brief:
- Permits for some types of shoreline development may become easier to obtain, and less often required — especially for homeowners.
- Areas that develop could require restoration afterward — which typically involves planting trees and other vegetation.
- Considering eliminating the Shoreline Management Review Committee, in order for more permits to be processed by city staff. The public would still be notified and have a chance to provide input.
The City welcomes and encourages early and continuous public participation throughout the process of reviewing the SMP.
A compilation of project information and the current proposal are available to review below
- Current proposed SMP draft amendments will be available here on 8/13/20 (Version 1.3)
- Staff report to Planning Commission will be available here on 09/08/20
- State Environmental Policy Act Determination (SEPA) will be available here 08/27/20
- Camas Planning Commission reviewed draft SMP Version 1.2 on July 21, 2020. Video recording of meeting can be accessed here: Meeting Video
- 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)