South Prairie: Periodic review

We are seeking public comment on South Prairie's proposed update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The public comment period will run from Aug. 28 through Sept. 27, 2019, at 5 p.m.

The town has locally adopted a new SMP for compliance with the state-mandated eight-year review cycle as required by RCW 90.58.080(4), This periodic review is to ensure the SMP stays current with changes in local circumstances, the comprehensive plan, and local codes, as well as state law and associated state rules.

The changes to the SMP include:

  • Additions to the administration section to clarify permit filing procedures and state review of shoreline permits
  • Adoption of the most current wetland delineation manual and rating system as well as new buffers based on protection of habitat function
  • Extension of shoreline jurisdiction to include buffers necessary to protect critical areas
  • Addition to buffer descriptions in appendix A, moratorium procedures on certain development, and relief procedures for shifts in the ordinary high water mark as a result in restoration activities
  • Addition of language identifying the 90-day target for local review of Washington State Department of Transportation projects and exemption language identifying ADA retrofits
  • Changes to the non-conforming use and development section
  • Addition of the option joint review process for SMP amendments
  • Changes to the definition of development
  • Addition of projects not subject to local review and approval under the Shoreline Management Act (SMA)
We will compare South Prairie's SMP 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 the program with recommended changes
  • Send the proposed program back to South Prairie with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Aug. 28, 2019
Closes: Sept. 27, 2019, at 5 p.m.

All interested parties are invited to provide comment 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:

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

Comments must be received no later than Sept. 27, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF

Paper copies are available for review at the following locations:

Sarah Cassal
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98504

Michelle Jackson
Town of South Prairie
Town Hall
121 NW Washington St.
South Prairie, WA 98385

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 South Prairie response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available.