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South Prairie Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On April 3, 2015 the Department of Ecology provided the town of South Prairie with required and recommended changes to the town’s proposed 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 January 14, 2013 to February 18, 2013.

Ecology used mail and email to notify interested parties of the public comment period. Ecology also issued a news release to encourage additional public participation and comment. We received no comments during the state public comment period. However, Ecology did receive comments after the close of the public comment period from state and local agencies. Comments focused on the proposed shoreline buffer. The public comments and Ecology’s response have been incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary.

The comprehensive update will revise the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. The required and recommended changes have been sent to the town for their review and response. The town may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the town and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

South Prairie currently regulates its shoreline areas using the Pierce County shoreline program. The town’s newly proposed program regulates less than one mile of South Prairie Creek. The shoreline program incorporates the town’s existing Critical Areas Ordinance, updates the use and development regulations, and the administrative procedures.

This comprehensive update of the shoreline program will promote protection and restoration of the riparian habitat and recognize the city's historic land use pattern.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

If you have troubles with accessing documents, please contact Sarah Cassal with Washington State Department of Ecology.

Staff contact

Sarah Cassal
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
PO Box 47775
Olympia, Washington 98504-7775
Phone: 360-407-7459

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