2018 Periodic Review

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.

Purpose & Scope

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.

Public Participation Plan & Periodic Review Checklist

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.

Open House

The City will hold an open house on November 5th from 6:30 to 7 p.m, 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 Shoreline Master Plan (SMP).

Proposed Amendments

Below are links to the proposed amendments to the City's Shoreline Master Program, together with the Critical Areas Regulations adopted as Appendix B.  

SEPA Determination 

Joint Comment period

The City is conducting joint comment period with the Department of Ecology as allowed by the Shoreline Management Act (Chapter 90.58 RCW) and the Shoreline Master Program Guidelines (WAC173-26-104). The joint public comment period is open from February 19, 2019 to March 21, 2019. Comments provided to the City will be reviewed by both the City and Ecology; no need to send duplicates. Comments may be submitted to:
Chris Larson
City of Fife
Community Development
5411 23rd Street E
Fife, WA 98424

or by email to:

At the conclusion of the comment period, the City will prepare a response to comments and determine if changes are needed. Public comments and the City responses will be shared with Ecology. After local adoption, the SMP amendment will be formally submitted to Ecology for final decision per WAC 173-26-104 and WAC 173-26-110. At the conclusion of Ecology’s formal review, Ecology’s Director must decide to approve the program as submitted, approve it with required changes and/or recommended changes, or deny approval.

Public hearing

The Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing regarding the proposed amendments on March 4th, 2019 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers located at Fife City Hall.  

Additional Information

Please email Chris Larson or call him at 253-896-8634. All comments can be emailed to Chris or sent to:
Fife City Hall
5411 23rd Street E
Fife WA. 98424