Sumner SMP: Periodic Review

We are seeking public comment on the city of Sumner's proposed periodic update to its Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The public comment period will be from Aug. 14 to Sept. 13, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Sumner's SMP regulates uses and development along the shorelines of Lake Tapps and the White and Puyallup rivers. The city's changes include required updates to reflect changes in state law and underlying administrative code, such as a change to the substantial development cost threshold and the definition of development. Other changes include:

  •  Increasing height standards within the town center area.
  • Adopting a new shoreline environment designation map consistent with the most recent FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM).
  • Changing standards and criteria for hazard tree removal within the buffer.
We will compare Sumner'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 the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to the city of Sumner with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Public comment period

Opens: Aug. 14, 2019
Closes: Sept. 13, 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. 13, 2019, at 5 p.m.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are in PDF format.

Paper copies are available for review at the following location:

Sarah Cassal
Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, WA 98503

Scott Waller
Sumner City Hall
1104 Maple Street, Ste. 250
Sumner, WA 98390

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 wil also post the City of Sumner's response to comments and a notice of our decision when they become available. Please check back.