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Tacoma Shoreline Master Program: Limited Amendment

On December 19, 2016, the Department of Ecology approved Tacoma’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) limited amendment. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Tacoma’s shoreline program amendment is January 2, 2017, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to Tacoma that their shoreline program amendments were approved.

The amendments:

  • add marijuana uses to the list of prohibited uses all shoreline environments;

  • incorporate changes including the 2014 wetlands rating system, into the SMP

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period held November 28 through December 13, 2016. We received no comments.

Documents for public review and comment

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted SMP Limited Amendments

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington Department of Ecology (see staff contact, below)


  • Per RCW 90.58.190(2) and RCW 36.70A.290, an interested party may file an appeal with the Growth Management Hearings Board within 60 days of the publication date of Ecology’s written notice of final action.
  • Ecology plans to publish the notice of final action in the News Tribune legal ads on December 29, 2016.

Staff Contact

Washington Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
Staff contact: Kim Van Zwalenburg
Email: kim.vanzwalenburg@ecy.wa.gov
Phone: 360-407-6520

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