The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires cities to protect and preserve the natural shoreline landscape. Battle Ground has adopted a Shoreline Master Program (SMP) "to prevent the inherent harm in an uncoordinated and piecemeal development of the state's shorelines."
Shoreline Master Plan 2020 Update
Washington State, in partnership with Department of Ecology (ECY), requires cities with areas designated as “Shorelines of the State” update their Shoreline Master Program (SMP) in accordance with the Washington State Shoreline Management Act and the State Shoreline Master Programs Guidelines. The SMA requires that each SMP conduct a periodic review and incorporate changes, where necessary, on an eight-year schedule established by the State Legislature.