Pierce County Shoreline Master Program: locally initiated amendment

We held a public comment period on Pierce County’s proposed locally initiated amendment to their Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The period for public comment was from Feb. 28 to March 30, 2023.

Postcards were mailed to all shoreline property owners, and email notices were used to notify those who had expressed prior interest. Written comments from 32 different individuals and/or organizations were received. Comments address arguments both for and against the proposed dock restrictions; restrictions on aquaculture; and fencing regulations.

Response to public comment

We have prepared a summary of public comments and sent this to Pierce County on April 10, 2023. The County will write a response to the public’s comments. That response to comments will be posted here when available; please check back.

Next steps: our decision

We will decide if the County's proposed SMP amendment meets the requirements of the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program guidelines. We will decide whether to:

  • Approve the SMP as is.
  • Approve the SMP with recommended changes.
  • Send the proposed SMP back to the 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 for public review and comment

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 County’s response to comments and a notice of our decision when these become available. Please check back.