Department of Ecology News Release - March 4, 2015

Puyallup shoreline plan ready for public comment
State review on City’s plan for Clark’s Creek and Puyallup River begins March 10

OLYMPIA – A lot can change in 28 years, which is why the public is encouraged to review and comment on the city of Puyallup’s updated Shoreline Master Plan, as part of a review process by the Washington State Department of Ecology.

The updated proposal, approved by the Puyallup City Council in November 2014, replaces the city’s 1987 shoreline master program. It addresses uses and development along Clarks Creek and the Puyallup River.

The plan also includes a shoreline public access plan, updated wetland buffer standards, and looks to the future by preplanning for shorelines within urban growth areas. With the proposed plan from the city of Puyallup, Ecology will now compare the plan to the Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.

Ecology is asking for public comment on the proposal from March 10 through April 9, 2015, at 5 p.m. The proposed shoreline program and related documents can be reviewed at:

Comments and questions should be addressed to Kim Van Zwalenburg, Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Southwest Regional Office, PO Box 4775, Olympia, WA 98504-7775; Kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov; or 360-407-6520.

Following the public comment period, Ecology may approve the proposed shoreline plan, reject it, or propose modifications to meet the Shoreline Management Act and applicable state regulations.

Under Washington’s 1972 voter-approved Shoreline Management Act, Ecology must review and approve each local shoreline program before it takes effect. More than 200 Washington cities and counties are updating or crafting their shoreline programs, or have recently done so.

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Contact:

Chase Gallagher, communications, 360-407-6239, @ECYSW