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 Shorelines Master Program Update

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. Watch a short video here! We also created a fact sheet that you could download.



Ordinance Adoption and Next Steps  We are in the final stages of the update process. Public hearings for the adoption of the revised Shoreline Master Program have been held before both Planning Commission and City Council. On January 19, 2021 City Council held a public hearing and approved the amended program. Next, Council will adopt an ordinance and send the revised program to Ecology for their final approval.

See the Meetings & Agenda page at https://www.cityofcamas.us/yourgovernment/minuteagendavideo for the meeting information and to watch videos of the public hearings to date.

Drafts of the Camas Shoreline Master Program throughout the update process:


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 draft amendments Version 1.3 (Planning Commission Public Hearing)
SMP draft amendments Version 1.4 (Sent to Ecology following Public Hearing)
SMP report to Planning Commission (March 17, 2020)

Periodic update checklist (Version 1.4)


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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