Shoreline Master Program Periodic Update

Upcoming Events

Virtual Open House

The City of Kennewick Planning Department is hosting a Virtual Open House on Monday, December 21, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. to present an overview of the Shoreline Master Program (SMP), the update process and to gather comments, suggestions and other feedback from the public. 

Due to the current pandemic, holding public meetings to present information and gather feedback can be difficult. For this reason, the open house will be recorded and available for viewing for those unable to attend live. Comments may be submitted using the options below.

  • Join Zoom Meeting
  • Dial into the Meeting: 253-215-8782
  • Meeting ID: 875 6351 4624
  • View the recording below 

Virtual Open House Recording

Commenting on the Shoreline Master Program

We encourage all who are interested to participate in the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) periodic review.  There are a variety of ways that you can provide comments on the current SMP and the proposed updates.

Submit comments online: SMP Comment Form

Submit comments via email:  

Submit comments via mail: City of Kennewick, Community Planning, 210 W. 6th Ave., Kennewick, WA 99336

Comments are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, January 25, 2021.

2021 Periodic Review

State law currently requires agencies to periodically review and update their local Shoreline Master Program (SMP) regulations and plans. The City of Kennewick is initiating this process in 2020 to be completed in 2021, as mandated by state law for all jurisdictions in Benton County. The Washington State Department of Ecology maintains a list of changes made by the legislature that affect the Shoreline Management Act (SMA) so that local jurisdictions can easily identify local regulations that need to be updated to be consistent with the SMA.

Shoreline in Kennewick

Kennewick's SMP defines how the shoreline areas of the City and its urban growth area will be managed. Lands within 200 feet of the Columbia River , and their associated wetlands, are subject to the policies and regulations of the SMP. Other intermittent streams and water bodies, such as Zintel Creek and Elliot Lake, are regulated by the city’s critical areas ordinance only. All properties must comply with the city’s zoning and comprehensive plan, and properties subject to the SMP must comply with critical areas as well. 

SMP Update Documents