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Posted on: August 29, 2018

Public Meeting Notice

Ordinance No. 2018-57 - Shoreline Master Program (SMP)
An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Relating to the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program (SMP); Amending Exhibit G and Section 11 to Ordinance No. 2013-45s4, as Required by the Washington State Department of Ecology; Conducting the Required Periodic Review and Update of the Pierce County SMP Pursuant to Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 90.58.080(4) of the Shoreline Management Act; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting an Effective Date.

On September 17, 2018, the Pierce County Council's Community Development Committee will hold a public hearing to take testimony on proposed amendments to the County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The proposal will include changes to the SMP as required by the State Department of Ecology (DOE) and changes recommended by the DOE that will result in a final SMP approval. The Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires Pierce County to periodically review and if necessary, revise its SMP by June 30, 2019. The periodic review process is intended to ensure the program remains consistent with State shoreline law. Because Pierce County is amending its SMP to incorporate changes required by the DOE immediately prior to the periodic review deadline, Pierce County has agreed to complete these two statutory actions at the same time. The purpose of the September 17, 2018 public hearing is to solicit comments from the public, agencies, tribes and other interested parties. The County will accept both oral and written testimony on the required and recommended changes to the SMP as well as the changes associated with the 2019 periodic review. All approved amendments will modify Title 18S of the Pierce County Code as adopted in Ordinance No. 2013-45s4. Final County Council action is scheduled for a public hearing on October 2, 2018.

  • Community Development Committee
    • County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402
    • Monday, September 17, 2018 – 1:30 p.m.
  • Pierce County Council – Final Hearing
    • County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402
    • Tuesday, October 2, 2018 – 3:00 p.m.

For Schedule information and updates, visit
For questions, call Mike Kruger, Council Senior Legislative Analyst (253) 798-6067
or Jenifer Schultz, Committee Clerk at (253) 798-6696 or (800) 992-2456

How to testify:
You are encouraged to attend and present comments regarding these amendments at each public hearing. You may be asked to limit your testimony to 3 minutes per amendment. You cannot "give" your 3 minutes to someone else. If you have written materials to submit, please provide 10 copies to the Clerk recording the meeting. All submitted materials become part of the official record and cannot be returned. Written comments can be provided at any time up to final adoption.

Web Page:
Click on "Legislation" and then "Search all Legislation" and type in the Key Word "2018-57". The web page will provide access to the Ordinance and the Council's schedule for meetings on this Proposal. While the Council intends to adhere to the schedule provided in this notice, changes may occur. Use the web page or call the contact numbers above to obtain the latest information about meeting schedules.

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