Shoreline Plan

Latest News

  1. New Shoreline Regulations will become effective as early as October of 2018

    If you have been following the efforts to update the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program (SMP), you know this has been a lengthy process. The plan is now in the final stages of approval. Read on...
  2. Public Meeting Notice

    Amendments to the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program responding to State Department of Ecology's "Conditional Approval" and the 2019 Periodic Review Requirement Read on...
  3. Council's Response Letter to the Department of Ecology

    In his June 27 letter, Council Chair Richardson responds to the Department of Ecology comment summary letter, indicating Council will consider the shoreline master program in the second half of 2018 Read on...
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Past News

On May 31st, 2016, The Department of Ecology (DOE) transmitted to Pierce County a summary of comments they received through the course of their public comment process. The County is reviewing those comments and will provide their responses to Ecology. If you have questions on the status of the County’s review, please contact Dave Risvold (253-798-7036).
Ecology Submittal
On March 10, 2015 the Pierce County Council adopted an updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The updated SMP contains the policies and regulations that will apply to development activities along Pierce County’s shorelines. On July 1, 2015 the Council transmitted the updated SMP to the Washington State Department of Ecology for their review and approval. The newly updated requirements for shoreline development will become effective 90 days after approval by the Department of Ecology.

Pierce County received a Conditional Approval letter from the DOE and a final list of required and recommended changes to the Master Program. The Council will schedule a public meeting for discussion of the Conditional Approval and changes. That meeting will be scheduled in the future. 

Conditional Approval LetterFindings and ConclusionsRequired ChangesRecommended ChangesComment Response to Public CommentsPeriodic Review Checklist