The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is beginning a public process regarding the planning of the Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area. We are committed to preparing comprehensive land use plans for each of our parks and in some cases, updating existing plans when necessary. Riverside State Park is one such example that requires additional planning. The Riverside State Park—Lake Spokane area is comprised of a patchwork of public and private lands located adjacent to Lake Spokane, a reservoir created by Long Lake Dam. State Parks manages some of these properties in partnership with the Department of Natural Resources, Spokane County, and Avista Corporation . The plan will help determine future use and development of these properties.
We term our planning effort CAMP, which stands for Classification and Management Plan. When completed, a CAMP describes the intended uses that may occur in the park, the park long-term boundary, and specific management steps that will guide operation of the park. The Parks and Recreation Commission adopts the final CAMP after considerable deliberation and public comment.
This effort will focus primarily on state-managed land surrounding Lake Spokane with the purpose of augmenting, but not replacing, the existing Riverside CAMP. You are invited to participate in our process with other participants to help inform the development of this plan. The scope, schedule, and phases of the Riverside planning project is attached on this web page to provide you with more information.
Stage Three – Preparing preliminary recommendations
The best ideas from the alternative approaches developed in stage two are combined into a preliminary plan in this stage. The plan includes recommendations for use and development of land, changes to property boundaries and ways to address issues raised during the planning process. Another important document completed at this stage is the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) checklist that describes environmental impacts of the recommendations.
Stage Four – Preparing final recommendations
At stage four, final adjustments are made to recommendations and submitted to the seven-member Parks and Recreation Commission for approval. The public is encouraged to attend the Commission meeting and provide testimony or to provide written comment.