Pierce County takes new shoreline rules on the road for public meetings

Pierce County officials are holding four public meetings over the next five weeks to give residents more opportunities to comment on a plan that would revise rules for shoreline development for the first time in 40 years.

The County Council is expected to vote on the plan on March 10, concluding several years of negotiations with landowners and state officials. Past meetings have drawn big crowds for discussions on property rights along Pierce County’s waterways, from saltwater bays to freshwater lakes.

The public meetings are scheduled for:

• 5:30 p.m. Thursday at North Lake Tapps Middle School, 20029 12th St. East, Lake Tapps;

• 5:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Peninsula High School, 14105 Purdy Drive NW, Gig Harbor;

• 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Scandinavian Cultural Center, 12180 Park Ave. South, Tacoma;

• And 1:30 p.m. March 2 at the County-City Building room 1045, 930 Tacoma Ave. South, Tacoma.

For more information and to read the amendments to the shoreline plan, go to http://www.co.pierce.wa.us/.