Shoreline Master Program Update
Project Overview
Washington State’s Shoreline Management Act (SMA) requires jurisdictions that contain “shorelines of the state” within their boundaries to periodically update their Shoreline Master Programs (SMPs). When University Place incorporated in 1995 it adopted the Pierce County SMP. The City replaced the shoreline policies and regulations contained in the County SMP when it adopted its first SMP in 2000.
University Place’s updated SMP will be used as a planning document that will set policy and regulation for the City’s shoreline areas, including adjacent upland areas within 200 feet of designated shorelines and associated wetlands and floodplain areas.  These areas include approximately 5.9 miles of marine (Puget Sound) shoreline and 2.65 miles of Chambers Creek shoreline. The shoreline planning area encompasses approximately 314 acres.
The three primary areas of focus of the SMP Update are to: 
  1. Accommodate reasonable and protective uses of the shoreline;
  2. Protect shoreline environmental resources; and
  3. Protect the public’s right to access and use the shorelines (RCW 90.58.020). 
Project Tasks
Updating the City’s SMP will include the following tasks:
University Place was awarded $134,520 in grant funding from the State Department of Ecology (DOE) for the SMP Update.  ESA Adolfson provided consultant services to assist with the SMP Update, including many of the tasks listed above.  Information concerning individual tasks may be viewed by clicking on these links.   Additional information is available through the Related Links, below.
Contact Information
For questions or more information regarding the Shoreline Master Program Update, please contact Jeff Boers
Related Links
Existing Shoreline Plan
State Shoreline Management Documents

Additional Resources

Shoreline Amoring

Low Impact Development

Sea Level Rise

Shoreline Restoration

Shoreline Design