RELATED ECOLOGY PROGRAMS
Gig Harbor Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update
On December 13, 2013, the Department of Ecology approved Gig Harbor’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Ecology’s approval puts the final stamp on an effort that increases protection and restoration of habitat and water quality, provides more certainty for development and improves public access opportunities. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Gig Harbor’s shoreline program is December 27, 2013, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.
The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, administrative procedures and definitions. Gig Harbor’s updated shoreline program will address future development and uses along the Gig Harbor Bay waterfront and the portion of Henderson Bay currently within city limits. In addition, the updated program will encourage preservation of the historic net sheds and create two unique shoreline designations that recognize the community’s origins: Historic Working Waterfront and City Waterfront.
Gig Harbor is also pre-planning for the urban growth areas located on the Tacoma Narrows, Colvos Passage and the east side of Gig Harbor Bay. The city is not pre-planning for the urban growth areas located along Henderson Bay and Burley Lagoon.
Gig Harbor’s updated program will integrate critical area regulations, encourage softer methods of shoreline stabilization, provide for setbacks and vegetation conservation areas, and encourage restoration consistent with the city’s shoreline restoration plan.
On September 20, 2013, the Department of Ecology provided the
City of Gig Harbor with required and recommended changes to the
city’s comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program
(SMP). The changes are based on Ecology’s review of whether or
not the proposed update complies with state laws and rules, and
a public comment period held March 21 – April 22, 2013.
Documents related to approval
Note: All documents are PDF.
Locally adopted SMP
Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Kim Van Zwalenburg, Washington State Department of Ecology (see Staff contact, below).
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