Pierce County 2019 amendment

On Nov. 4, 2019, we approved Pierce County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) amendment. Pierce County's amended SMP is effective Nov. 18, 2019, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their amendment was approved.

Pierce County 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.

Mail and email notices were used to notify interested parties of the public comment period. We also posted information to our website to encourage additional public participation and comment. Three comments were received.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg.


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publicaiton of our written notice of final action.
  • We plan to publish the notice of final action in the News Tribune legal ads on Nov. 18, 2019.