SAVING SHORELINES PROJECT
Shorelines are under constant pressure from many angles. Development and buffer reduction are one of the main negative impacts to Puget Sound. When a homeowner wants to reduce a shoreline buffer, they must apply for a shoreline variance with the county. Under the recently passed Pierce County Shoreline regulations, cumulative impacts are to be considered by the Hearing Examiner when deciding to allow a buffer reduction. The problem is only future development impacts are considered by the County - not what is currently built.
In order to establish a precedent for better shoreline protections, Friends of Pierce County seeks to work with the county to better define and more thoughtfully apply its shoreline regulations when deciding on cumulative impacts from shoreline development.
ADVOCATING FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Since 2003, Friends of Pierce County has testified against numerous developments that would have destroyed farmland, wetlands, streams and shorelines. We have been successful at stopping some projects and modifying others. The projects keep coming and we will keep speaking up to make sure the environment is better protected and sustainability is considered.
Sometimes you can make a difference!
If you know of a project in your community that might result in harm to Critical Areas or shorelines, tell us
about it! We welcome your input!
BE A BETTER LAND USE ADVOCATE!
What do you do when you see the yellow land use application sign go up? This book will help you understand the Pierce County permitting process and how to effectively weigh in.