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South Prairie Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On May 12, 2015, the Department of Ecology approved South Prairie’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of South Prairie’s shoreline program is May 26, 2015, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the town that their shoreline program was approved.

The comprehensive update revises the existing shoreline program, including the goals, policies, regulations, shoreline environment designations, and administrative procedures and definitions. This approval puts the final stamp on a significant effort that will replace the existing Pierce County shoreline program that the Town has regulated South Prairie Creek with since 1980. This new shoreline program reflects the town’s existing conditions of the built and natural environments, protects the existing shoreline buffers while fostering further restoration of habitat and water quality.  The new shoreline program also provides more certainty for development.

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.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Paper copies of the above documents are available by contacting Sarah Cassal, Washington State 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 Enumclaw Courier-Herald legal ads on May 27, 2015.

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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