Lakewood SMP: Periodic review

Public comment requested June 17 to July 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.

We are seeking public comment on City of Lakewood's proposed amendment to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

The city's SMP periodic review amendment proposed to make minor changes to provisions regarding the substantial development and freshwater dock cost thresholds, ADA retrofit permit exemption, definitions, local review and permit filing procedures, nonconforming use and development, and transportation project review, as well as internal citation corrections and rewording for clarity. A revised Restoration Plan is also presented as a separate stand-alone companion document.

The SMP applies to approximately 3.8 miles of streams and approximately 15.3 miles along five lakes. City shorelines include Chambers Creek, Clover Creek, Lake Steilacoom, Lake Louise, Gravelly Lake, and Waughop Lake, as well as portions of American Lake, a shoreline of statewide significance.

We will compare the City of Lakewood's proposed program to the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. Based on the comparison, we will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the City of Lakewood with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: June 17, 2019
Closes: July 18, 2019, at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comments during this public comment period. There are several ways to provide comments. You only need to submit your comments once.

Submit written comments and questions to:

Online via the E-Comment Form

By Mail:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775


Comments must be received no later than July 18, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available for review by appointment at the following locations:

Michelle McConnell
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503

Tiffany Speir
City of Lakewood
Department of Community & Economic Development
6000 Main Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98499

Next steps: response to public comment and decision

A summary of comments will be posted here a few weeks after the comment period closes We will also post the City of Lakewood's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.