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Pierce County Shoreline Master Program

Public comment period is closed

We held a public comment period for Pierce County’s proposed comprehensive update to their Shoreline Master Program. The period for public comment was from March 15 through April 29, 2016. An open house and public hearing were held at Pacific Lutheran University on March 30, 2016. More than 50 people attended the hearing and 26 individuals testified.

Email was used to notify those who had expressed prior interest. A news release and legal ad were also used to encourage public participation and comment. Verbal and written comments were received from over 130 individuals/organizations. Comments are focused on aquaculture, proposed shoreline environment designations, water access facilities, public participation, tribal treaty rights and a variety of other topics.

Response to public comment

We have prepared a summary of public comments which was sent to Pierce County on May 31, 2016. The county has responded to the public's comments. These are detailed in the responsiveness summary.

Next steps: Our decision

We will decide if Pierce County's proposed program update meets the requirements of the state Shoreline Management Act and our Shoreline Master Program Guidelines. We will decide whether to:

  • Approve the program as is.
  • Approve the program with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed program back to Pierce County with required changes to meet statutory and rule requirements. Recommended changes may also be included with the required changes.

Relevant documents will be posted on this website when they become available. Please check back.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF

Locally adopted SMP

Background documents