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Shoreline Master Programs

Sumner Shoreline Master Program: Comprehensive Update

On December 12, 2014, the Department of Ecology approved Sumner’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP) comprehensive update. Per RCW 90.58.090, the effective date of Sumner’s shoreline program is December 26 2014, 14 days after Ecology provided notice to the city that their shoreline program was approved.

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 city for their review and response. The city may agree to these changes or offer alternative language. Final Ecology approval will occur when the city and Ecology agree on language that meets state requirements.

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 – February 18, 2013.

On January 6, 2014, the Department of Ecology provided the City of Sumner with required and recommended changes to the city’s proposed comprehensive update of their Shoreline Master Program (SMP).

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 a total of one comment letter. Comments focused on the ecological protection and the restoration of native fish runs on the White and Puyallup Rivers. On February 21, 2013, Ecology sent a summary of comments to the city for their response. The public comments and city’s responses have been incorporated into Attachment D: Responsiveness Summary (below).

Sumner last updated their shoreline program in 2004. The newly proposed program regulates approximately six miles of the White River and 1.5 miles of the Puyallup River. The city also planned for areas within the Sumner Urban Growth Area (UGA) by pre-designating a shoreline area on Lake Tapps. This part of the UGA is currently regulated by Pierce County’s shoreline program. When this UGA area is annexed into Sumner, it will be regulated under the Sumner program.

Documents related to approval

Note: All documents are PDF.

Locally adopted shoreline master program (Draft), June 2012 (23,938 KB)

Background documents

Paper copies of above documents are available by contacting Sarah Cassal, Washington State Department of Ecology.


  • 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 Tacoma News Tribune legal ads on December 29, 2014.

Staff contact

Sarah Cassal
Washington State Department of Ecology
Southwest Regional Office
300 Desmond Drive
Lacey, Washington 98503
(360) 407-6300

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