Shoreline Master Program Amendment – Public Art Regulation


The City’s Public Works Department proposes an amendment to the Shoreline Master Program (SMP) allowing for a regulation regarding public art within the City’s shoreline jurisdiction. The amendment will be reviewed for consistency with the WA State Shoreline Management Act, the City’s adopted Comprehensive Plan and Shoreline Management Program. The City has chosen to utilize the Optional Joint Review Process authorized under WAC 173-26-104. The joint review process consolidates the local and state public comment periods, expediting the review process. For more information on the optional joint review process, see the WA State Department of Ecology’s Shoreline Master Program Guidance for Local Government.

Public Participation

The Optional Joint Review Process required a 30-day public comment period prior to a public hearing on the amendment. This comment period was noticed in accordance with WA State law.

The City’s Planning Commission studied the amendment and held a public hearing on May 6, 2021. The Planning Commission will make a recommendation to the Gig Harbor City Council which will then hold its own public hearing and decide on the amendment. The City Council hearing is scheduled for June 14th, 2021. Please see the City Calendar for details.

All questions, requests for notice, and general inquiries should be addressed to Carl de Simas, Senior Planner, using the contact information on this page under “Primary Contact.” A process schedule is provided below but is subject to change.


Planning Commission Study Sessions (no public comment accepted) April 1-29, 2021
SEPA Threshold Determination Issuance and 14-day Public Comment Period April 14, 2021
Joint Public Comment Period April 6 - May 6, 2021
Planning Commission Public Hearing (public comment accepted) May 6, 2021
WA State Dept. of Ecology Review for Initial Consistency May 11, 2021
City Council Public Hearing Notice June 3, 2021
City Council Public Hearing (public comment accepted) June 14, 2021

WA State Dept. of Ecology Review Approval TBD

Primary Contacts:

Carl deSimas, Senior Planner 

City of Gig Harbor - Planning Division

3510 Grandview Street

Gig Harbor, WA 98335

(253) 853-7628

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Council Bill 

Draft Ordinance SMP Public Arts Amendment

Exhibit A Planning Commission Recomendation

Exhibit B May 6 Staff Report

Exhibit C Ecology Initial Determination

Exhibit D Public Comment

Exhibit E Map Publicly-owned and Shorelines

Exhibit F Comp Plan Consistency

Exhibit G SEPA DNS

Exhibit H Planning Commission Staff Memo

Exhibit I Commerce NIA Receipt

Exhibit J Hearing Notice

Exhibit K Application & Narrative