Department of Ecology News Release - March 15, 2016

Pierce Co. draft shoreline plan open for your review
Public comments will aid Ecology’s decision to approve draft plan

TACOMA – The long-awaited draft Shoreline Master Program for Pierce County is now open for review through the Washington Department of Ecology.

Last year, Pierce County locally approved its shoreline plan for managing more than 700 miles of county shoreline, including all waters along Puget Sound, numerous lakes and rivers, and associated wetlands within the county. They then submitted their plan to Ecology for review and approval.

Public input will be taken into consideration before Ecology decides to either approve the Shoreline Master Program as it is written, or request changes before it can be approved.

Review the plan and share your feedback

Ecology invites public review and comments through April 29, 2016. Comments and questions may be submitted to Kim Van Zwalenburg at

The draft Pierce County Shoreline Master Program may be reviewed online or in person at either the Pierce County Planning Department at 2401 S. 35th St. in Tacoma, or the Ecology Southwest Regional Office at 300 Desmond Drive in Lacey.

To learn more and comment in person, Ecology has scheduled an open house and public hearing:

Date:        Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Time:        Open house starts at 5 p.m.
                 Public hearing starts at 6:30 p.m.

Location:   Pacific Lutheran University
                Chris Knutzen Hall
                12180 Park Avenue South
                Tacoma, Washington 98447

Once the county’s shoreline plan is approved by Ecology, it will become part of the overall state Shoreline Master Program.

Updating the county’s shoreline plan

This proposed Shoreline Master Program is the first comprehensive update to the county’s shoreline plan since 1975. If adopted, it will completely replace the existing program with updated goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, definitions and administrative procedures. The new plan will advance shoreline habitat protection while guiding county planning for new development and public access.


Jessica Payne, communications, 360-407-6548, @ecologyWA