South Prairie: Periodic review

Conditional Approval

On Sept. 6, 2023, we provided South Priaire with required and recommended changes to the Town's proposed periodic review of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

Public meetings addressing the topic were held with the Town Council. The Town held a public hearing June 4, 2029. No individuals or organziations submitted comments to the Town on the proposed amendment.

We held a public comment period on South Prairie's proposed periodic review to their SMP, the state comment period was from Aug. 28 to Sept. 27, 2019.

We distributed notice of the state comment period via email to state and local interested parties indentified by the Town. The Puyallup Tribe, Nisqually Indian Tribe, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and Steilacoom Tribe of Indians were indivudually notified and invited to consult.

One comment letter, from the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Fisheries Division, was received during the state comment period. The comment letter focused on SMP goals related to conservation and flood hazard prevention, shoreline juridiction and shoreline environment designations (SEDs), use allowances within the Aquatic and Residential SED's, protection of riparian habitat, public access, and groundwater recharge.

The periodic review will bring the existing SMP into compliance with changes to state law, ensure consistency with the Town's Comprehensive Plan and development regulations, and reflect changes in circumstances, new information, and improved data. the required and recommended changes have been sent to the Town for their review and response. The Town may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final approval will occur when Ecology and the Town agree on language that meets state requirements.

South Prairie last comprehensively updated their SMP in May 2015. The key changes South Prairie is proposing include:

  • Appendix A Maps - revising Appendix A map title and descriptive text.
  • Requirements for non-water oriented commercial uses - deleting ecological restoration as a condition for new non-water oriented commercial development.
  • Administrative interpretations - adding language to the call for consultation with us when developing administrative interpretations.
  • Appeals - modifying section to reference administrative actions under appeals to the Shoreine Hearings Board.
  • Residential appurtenances - including a definition for residential appurtenance that adds several items to the WAC definition, including upland watercraft storage, swimming pools, and sport courts,
  • Additional changes related to cost threshold updates, updating numbering and internal citations, and including a citation to WDFW water crossing guidelines.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF