Pursuant to RCW 90.58.080 all Cities in King, Pierce and Snohomish Counties shall perform a “periodic review” of their Shoreline Master Programs by June of 2019, and every eight years thereafter.
The purpose and scope of the periodic review as established by the act is:
- To assure that the master program complies with applicable law and guidelines in effect at the time of the review; and
- To assure consistency of the master program with the local government’s comprehensive plan and development regulations adopted under chapter 36.70A RCW, if applicable, and other local requirements.
- The review process provides the method for bringing shoreline master programs into compliance with the requirements of the act that have been added or changed since the last review and for Summary of Periodic Review Rule (WAC 173-26-090) Shorelands and Environmental Assistance Program, September 20, 2017 5 responding to changes in guidelines adopted by the department, together with a review for consistency with amended comprehensive plans and regulations. Local governments should also incorporate amendments to reflect changed circumstances, new information, or improved data. The review ensures that shoreline master programs do not fall out of compliance over time through inaction.
- The periodic review is distinct from the comprehensive updates required by RCW 90.58.080(2). The presumption in the comprehensive update process was that all master programs needed to be revised to comply with the full suite of ecology guidelines. By contrast, the periodic review addresses changes in requirements of the act and guidelines requirements since the comprehensive update or the last periodic review, and changes for consistency with revised comprehensive plans and regulations, together with any changes deemed necessary to reflect changed circumstances, new information or improved data. There is no minimum requirement to comprehensively revise shoreline inventory and characterization reports or restoration plans.
Below is the City’s Public Participation Plan to perform the periodic review. All documents related to the SMP review will be posted to this website as well.
PLEASE NOTE: The City will hold an open house on November 5th at 6:30 – 7pm, preceding a presentation to the Planning Commission. The goal of the open house is to obtain input from stakeholders and interested parties regarding the City’s periodic review of the SMP.
Please contact Chris Larson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-896-8634. All comments can be sent Fife City Hall (5411 23rd St E., Fife WA. 98424) or emailed to Chris.