The state Department of Ecology is accepting public input on Puyallup’s updated shoreline master program.
The proposed plan, approved by the Puyallup City Council in November, would replace one from 1987. It addresses uses and development along nearly four miles of Clarks Creek and nearly six miles of the Puyallup River, according to the department’s website.
The proposal includes a shoreline public access plan and updated wetland buffers, including pre-designated shorelines within Puyallup’s urban growth areas.
The public comment period will run March 10 through April 9. It’s part of Ecology’s overall review period in which the department will compare the city’s proposal to the state Shoreline Management Act and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines.
The state will decide whether to approve the program, recommend changes or send it back to Puyallup with required changes.
Documents on the proposal can be viewed on the city’s website and the Department of Ecology’s website. Comments should be addressed to Kim Van Zwalenburg at the department’s Southwest Regional Office.
Van Zwalenburg can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 360-407-6520. Comments can also be mailed to Department of Ecology, Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, Southwest Regional Office, P.O. Box 4775, Olympia, WA 98504.