Pierce County 2020 SMP amendment

On June 26, 2020, we approved Pierce County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP) amendment. Pierce County's amended SMP is effective July 10, 2020, 14 days after we provided notice to the county that their amendment was approved.

Pierce County has proposed amendments, adopted as Ordinance No. 2020-49, to its SMP in response to an order by the Growth Management Hearings Board (GMHB). The county's SMP was appealed in December 2018 by Taylor Shellfish Co., North Bay Partners, and Seattle Shellfish. In 2019, the county submitted, and we approved, an amendment to the SMP in response to the final decision and order by the GMHB in Case No. 18-3-0013c. The 2019 amendment was reviewed by the GMHB who held a compliance hearing by phone on Jan. 16, 2020. The GMHB issued their Order on Compliance on Feb. 21, 2020, directing the county to work with us to make further changes to the SMP. This amendment is in response to the most recent GMHB order.


The following changes to aquaculture provisions are proposed:

  • Correction to a typographical error in Table 18S.60.030-1 Shoreline Permit Table which inadvertently prohibited aquaculture in the High Intensity Environment Designation.
  • Revisions to Appendix C Aquaculture Application Requirements — specifically subsection E-Monitoring Plan.
  • Revision to 18E.40.040 E requiring activities be suspended during spawning periods.

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 for public review and comment

Note: all documents are PDF

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