Our mission is to protect the habitat of Puget Sound tidelands from the underregulated expansion of new and intensive shellfish aquaculture methods. These methods were never anticipated when the Shoreline Management Act was passed. They are transforming the natural tideland ecosystems in Puget Sound and are resulting in a fractured shoreline habitat. In South Puget Sound much of this has been done with few if any meaningful shoreline permits and with limited public input. It is exactly what the Shoreline Management Act was intended to prevent.

Get involved and contact your elected officials to let them you do not support aquaculture's industrial transformation of Puget Sound's tidelands.

Governor Inslee:

Monday, February 17, 2014

Final Pierce County Shoreline Master Program Meeting Schedule and Locations

NOAA and the shellfish industry are trying
to convince Pierce County politicians that this
is good for the intertidal tidelands of Puget Sound.
Plastic grow-out bags smother and scour the tidelands they
are placed on. "Habitat" created is destroyed at each harvest cycle.
This is not sustainable.

Meeting schedule is announced
Pierce County has announced its final schedule and the locations of Shoreline Management Program (SMP) meetings before presenting the final recommendations for the update to the Pierce County Council. That final hearing on April 22 will be preceded by 5 public meetings. Those meeting will be the last chance for the public to help direct how the intertidal habitat of Pierce County will be developed. How that tideland habitat will be protected for future generations is dependent on who has the largest influence on the political process in Pierce County. The Friends of Burley Lagoon and the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat strongly encourage anyone concerned to become involved.

Public Meeting Notice
2014 Shoreline Management Program

Pierce County Community Development Committee
Councilmember Rick Talbert, Chair

Monday, March 3, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.
County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402
Thursday, March 6, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
North Lake Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th Street East, Lake Tapps, WA 98391
Thursday, March 20, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Pacific Lutheran University, Scandinavian Cultural Center, 12180 Park Avenue South,
Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402
Thursday, April 3, 2014 – 5:30 p.m.
Peninsula High School – Auditorium, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332
Monday, April 7, 2014 – 1:30 p.m.
County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
– 3:00 p.m.
Pierce County Council – Final Hearing
County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402

For Schedule information and updates, visit www.piercecountywa.gov/council
For questions, call Mike Kruger, Council Senior Legislative Analyst (253) 798-6067
or Jenifer Schultz, Committee Clerk at (253) 798-6696 or (800) 992-2456

Beginning March 3, 2014, the Pierce County Council and its Community Development Committee will hold public meetings to take testimony on proposed amendments to the County's Shoreline Master Program and Development Regulations. Amendments to the County's Shoreline Master Program are mandated by the Washington State Legislature, through the Department of Ecology. A Pierce County Shoreline Citizen's Advisory Committee began working to establish a draft proposal in 2008. The proposal was considered by the Pierce County Planning Commission and forwarded to the County Council in October 2012. In 2013, a subcommittee of the Council's Community Development Committee recommended the Planning Commission consider additional changes suggested by the Washington State Department of Ecology. The Planning and Land Services Department has conducted an analysis and review of the initiated amendments and presented their findings before the Planning Commission. In October 2013, the Planning Commission forwarded their final recommendations that will be considered in the public hearings noted in the meeting schedule above.

Ordinance No. 2013-45
An Ordinance of the Pierce County Council Relating to the Pierce County Shoreline Master Program; Amending Chapter 1.22 of the Pierce County Code (PCC), "Pierce County Hearing Examiner Code"; Title 18 PCC, "Development Regulations – General Provisions"; Title 18A PCC, "Development Regulations – Zoning"; Title 18E PCC, "Development Regulations – Critical Areas"; Title 18H PCC, "Development Regulations – Forest Practices"; Title 18J PCC, "Development Regulations – Design Standards and Guidelines"; Adopting a New Title 18S PCC, "Development Regulations – Shorelines"; Repealing Title 20 PCC, "Shoreline Management Use Regulations" and the Shoreline Master Program for Pierce County as Originally Adopted on March 4, 1974; Adopting Findings of Fact; and Setting an Effective Date.

Shoreline Master Program Background: Pierce County has been regulating development along rivers, lakes and marine waters for over 40 years. The existing Pierce County Shoreline Master Program and Shoreline Development Regulations were adopted in the early 1970's following a referendum by the people of Washington State. The State law implemented by relying on existing regulations and local government is referred to as the "Shoreline Management Act of 1971" and is codified in Chapter 90.58, Revised Code of Washington. Implementing Rules are located in Chapter 173-26 and Chapter 173-27, Washington Administrative Code. In 2003, the Washington State Legislature amended State Law and established a schedule for all Counties and Cities to update their Master Programs. The Washington State Department of Ecology is responsible for administering shoreline management at the State level in partnership with local government. Ecology's web site for shoreline management is located at: www.ecy.wa.govlprograms/sea/shorelines.

The existing County Shoreline Master Program and Shoreline Development Regulations are codified in Pierce County Code - Title 20 and can be viewed online at: www.piercecountywa.gov/council.

Shoreline Master Program Components: Pierce County is obligated to manage shoreline development within 200 feet of all marine waters, rivers and streams with a mean annual flow of 20 cubic feet per second, lakes larger than 20 acres, wetlands associated with these waters as well as floodways and contiguous floodplain areas within 200 feet of the floodway.

State law includes a requirement that development result in "no net loss of shoreline ecological function." The law also includes criteria for shoreline vegetation conservation. Pierce County has proposed to comply with the law by establishing a shoreline buffer. These new buffer standards will not apply retroactively. For example, legally existing residential development is defined as a "conforming use" and will not be subject to new shoreline buffer requirements. Existing lawns, gardens and established landscaping may also be maintained within shoreline buffer areas.

All future development and redevelopment within shoreline jurisdiction will need to comply with the County's updated Shoreline Master Program. Typical examples of development that will be reviewed for compliance with the updated shoreline regulations include: residential development and associated accessory uses, docks, piers and floats, bulkheads and retaining walls, boat launching ramps, recreational development, marinas and aquaculture uses.

Property owners that have questions about the proposed changes to the shoreline regulations may contact Debby Hyde, with Planning and Land Services Department at dhyde@co.pierce.wa.us for a site specific analysis.

How to testify: You are encouraged to attend the public hearings and present comments regarding these proposed amendments. Please limit your testimony to 3 minutes. You cannot "give" your 3 minutes to someone else. If you have written materials to submit please provide 10 copies to the Clerk recording the meeting. All submitted materials become part of the official record and cannot be returned. Written comments can be provided at any time up to final adoption.

Web Page: www.piercecountywa.gov/council. Click on "Legislation" and then "Search all Legislation" and type in the key word "2013-45". The web page will provide access to the Ordinance and the Council's schedule for meetings on this Proposal. While the Council intends to adhere to the schedule provided in this notice, changes may occur. Use the web page or call the contact numbers above to obtain the latest information about meeting schedules.

Or follow this link: http://councilonline.co.pierce.wa.us/councilonline/proposal/proposal.htm?proposal_num=2013-45

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