Shoreline Master Program (SMP)

2022 Periodic Update Process

State law currently requires agencies to periodically review and update their local SMP regulations and plans. The Planning Commission held multiple work sessions and then a noticed public hearing on the project on February 23, 2022, resulting in a recommendation of approval to City Council on April 13, 2022. The Puyallup City Council then held a public hearing on October 25, 2022 and approved the proposed amendments to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) and associated amendments to the city's critical area code on November 1, 2022, which are currently pending Department of Ecology approval. Informational flyers on the SMP update project, as well as a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) flyer, are linked under the Periodic Update Documents section of this webpage. 


Following the Planning Commission recommendation, the drafts were sent to Ecology for initial determination. Ecology provided several recommended and required changes for the draft SMP amendments, which were incorporated into the document. The final drafts are currently pending Ecology approval. Please see links below:

Critical Area Code Update

Staff at the Department of Ecology (ECY) recommended specific changes to the city's critical area code as part of the review of the city's SMP update. The ECY outlined the "required changes" that relate to wetlands not currently regulated by the City of Puyallup's critical area ordinance. The associated code amendments are linked in the section above. 

Public Comment

The City of Puyallup (City) and the Washington Department of Ecology (Ecology) requested public comments on proposed amendments to the City’s Shoreline Master Program (SMP); the joint local/state public comment period ran from Wednesday, February 2, 2022 through Friday, March 4, 2022 at 5 pm. The public also had opportunities to provide written and verbal comments at the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings.

  1. Prior Puyallup Shoreline Master Program (Jan. 2016)

Prior Puyallup Shoreline Master Program (January 2016)

The SMP contains several main sections: an inventory of shoreline conditions; goals, policies, and regulations pertaining to shoreline activities, and administrative provisions as well as public access and restoration plans, respectively. The SMP includes development standards and regulations for a wide range of specific uses and shoreline modifications, such as residential and commercial use, dredging, bulkheads, shoreline stabilization, etc. The content of the SMP document is as follows:

Additional Appendices

  1. What is the Shoreline Master Program (SMP)?


Please direct questions to Kendall Wals, Senior Planner by email or at 253-841-5462.