Pierce County 2019 amendment

We are seeking public comment on Pierce County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) proposed amendment. The public comment period will run from Sept. 30 at 8 a.m. to Oct. 15, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Pierce County has proposed an amendment, adopted as Ordinance No. 2019-59 to its SMP. Pierce County's SMP was appealed in Dec. 2018, by Taylor Shellfish Company, Inc., North Bay Partners, and Seattle Shellfish, LLC. This amendment is in response to a final decision and order by the Central Puget Sound Region Growth Management Hearings Board in Case No. 18-3-0013c requiring the county and Ecology to revise the SMP aquaculture provisions.

Changes include:

  • Revisions to aquaculture policies;
  • Deleting a requirement for a 10 foot setback from adjacent parcels;
  • Removing prohibitions on aquaculture in the Aquatic environment adjacent to the Natural designation and aquaculture within tidal channel portions of streams and rivers;
  • Revisions to Appendix C: Aquaculture Application Requirements; and
  • Revising required buffers from submerged aquatic vegetation to 16 feet.

We will compare the County'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 County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Sept. 30, 2019, at 8 a.m.
Closes: Oct. 15, 2019,  at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comment during the 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:

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, WA 98504-7775

Comments must be received no later than Oct. 15, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available to review, by appointment, at the following location:

Kim Van Zwalenburg
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive SE
Lacey, WA 98503

Next steps: response to public comment and decision

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