County Council suspends district meetings on Shoreline Management Program

PIERCE COUNTY, WA — Members of the Pierce County Councilhave announced the postponement of a series of meetings around the county to hear from residents about the proposed Shoreline Management Program. The delay is necessary in order to give the county more time to draft amendments to the proposal, among other reasons.DSC_8478

“We were all looking forward to listening to constituent concerns next month, but we’re committed to this process and the voice of the people will be heard,” said Council Chair Dan Roach. “This is one of the most important issues facing the county right now and we want to make sure we get it right the first time.”

The upcoming Shoreline Management Program meetings that are now postponed were originally scheduled for July 10 at North Lake Tapps Middle School, July 14 at Pacific Lutheran University, July 17 at Peninsula High School, and July 21 at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma. Also suspended is the final plan adoption meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 29.

Residents who want to express their opinions to the Council can keep track of the latest information and be notified of rescheduled meetings by subscribing to the county’s Shorelines Mailing List.

Pierce County has been regulating development along rivers, lakes and marine waters for over 40 years. The existing program and development regulations were adopted in the early 1970’s. In 2003, the Washington State Legislature established a schedule for all counties and cities to update their programs.

The Washington State Department of Ecology is responsible for administering shoreline management at the state level in partnership with local government. Ecology’s website for shoreline management is located at: http://www.ecy.wa.govlprograms/sea/shorelines.

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Public Meeting Cancellation Notice
2014 Shoreline Management Program
Proposed Ordinance No. 2013-45s

The following public hearings scheduled by the Community Development Committee on Proposal No. 2013-45s, the Shoreline Management Program, have been canceled. It is anticipated that the meetings will be rescheduled and a subsequent notice will be sent to you in the near future.

Pierce County Community Development Committee Councilmember Rick Talbert, Chair

PUBLIC HEARINGS
Thursday, July 10, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. – Canceled
North Lake Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th Street East, Lake Tapps, WA 98391

Monday, July 14, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. – Canceled Pacific Lutheran University, Scandinavian Cultural Center, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402

Thursday, July 17, 2014 – 5:30 p.m. – Canceled Peninsula High School – Auditorium, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98332

Monday, July 21, 2014 – 1:30 p.m. – Canceled County-City Building, Room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. S, Tacoma, WA 98402

FINAL COUNCIL ACTION Tuesday, July 29, 2014 – 3:00 p.m. – Canceled 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.

 

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