Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Ecology approves Pierce County's revised shoreline master program

Pierce County's updated shoreline master program will protect and guide
shoreline uses in the county, including these shores on the south end of Key Peninsula.
Photo courtesy Hugh Shipman.
On Oct. 12, we approved Pierce County’s updated shoreline master program (SMP), the first comprehensive revision to the county’s master program since 1975.

Pierce County’s locally-tailored land-use policies and regulations will protect and guide the use of 225 miles of marine and 880 miles of freshwater shoreline in the county, including the shorelines around or along:
  • Anderson, Fox, and McNeil islands in Puget Sound
  • The Tacoma Narrows
  • Portions of Key and Gig Harbor peninsulas
  • Chambers, Clover, and Spanaway creeks
  • Carbon, Nisqually, Puyallup, and White Rivers
  • Lake Tapps
The county’s revised SMP:
  • Protects the county’s environmental resources in its shoreline areas for future generations.
  • Provides for public access to public waters and shorelines.
  • Plans for water-dependent uses such as aquaculture, maritime and boating activities, and shoreline recreation.
Pierce County's updated SMP takes effect Oct. 26, unless the joint local-state decision is appealed to the state Growth Management Hearings Board.

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