Shoreline Plan

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Pierce County has completed its review of the comments and concerns provided by the Washington State Department of Ecology. Ecology is preparing a summary of items the County must revise to receive State approval of the master program. The revisions will then go to the County Council for public discussion. The time and date of the metting will be provided to the community. 

One topic of discussion between Ecology and the County was the Dredge Material Management Program (DMMP). The DMMP is an interagency effort by State and Federal agencies to oversee the disposal of sediments. A DMMP disposal site is located between Anderson and Ketron islands. A public meeting was held February 22, 2018 on Anderson Island. Staff from State and Federal agencies spoke about the DMMP and answered questions from residents.

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On May 31st, 2016, The Department of Ecology 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).


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.
Ecology Submittal
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Submitted Documents
You can view the updated SMP and associated documents submitted for Department of Ecology review below:
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Ordinance Exhibit G
Title 18S – Development Policies and Regulations – Shorelines