Shoreline Plan



A series of amendments to the SMP are being considered that, if passed, would:

  1. Restrict new pier and dock construction along portions of residential and conservancy shoreline
  2. Clarify permitting requirements for non-commercial aquaculture intended to restore native fish and shellfish stocks
  3. Clarify fencing allowances within buffer and setback areas
  4. Update Title 18S - Shoreline Master Program to reflect a number of previously approved amendments to Title 18E - Development Regulations - Critical Areas.
  5.  One revision to Pierce County Code (PCC) 18S 30.030 (Ecological Protection) related to compliance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program.
Shoreline Environment Designation Maps
Pierce County received a Conditional Approval letter from the DOE and a final list of required and recommended changes to the Master Program.
Conditional Approval Letter
Findings and Conclusions
Required Changes
Recommended Changes
On May 31, 2016 The Department of Ecology (DOE) sent Pierce County a summary of the comments they received through the course of their public comment process.
On March 10, 2015 the Pierce County Council adopted an updated Shoreline Master Program (SMP). The updated SMP contains the policies and regulations that will apply to development activities along Pierce County’s shorelines.

On July 1, 2015 the Council transmitted the updated SMP to the Washington State Department of Ecology for their review and approval.
Old Regulations
Replaced by the updated policies and regulations
Regulations (before 2018)
Policies (before 2018)