Gig Harbor’s Shoreline Master Plan had its fifth public hearing at the city council meeting last week.
The latest draft is the product of 5 1/2 years of work, senior planner Peter Kadich said. It’s the end of 15 committee meetings, 37 planning meetings, two open houses and two public hearings.
The behemoth of a document is handed down to the city by the state Department of Ecology. The Shoreline Management Act was adopted in 1972. Gig Harbor is one of the areas that requires a plan under the act. The city’s plan was last updated in 1994.
New elements of the city’s plan include:
• Shoreline environmental designations
• Marine setbacks
• Vegetation buffers near the shoreline
• Restricted use of bulkheads
• Regulation to allow reuse of over-water net sheds
• Stand-alone critical area regulations
• Nonconforming use and structure regulations
City council member Tim Payne wants to see a section of a previous rezoning bill brought back to the table. On a recent, controversial vote for rezoning in the downtown waterfront, the section on “houses in the hole” was dropped. Payne said he wants to revisit the amendment, but only in the context of Millville.
Council member Ken Malich objected, saying there are ways to work around it without changing the waterfront zones to help “one guy who’s trying to build a home.”
Council member Steve Ekberg said he would like the updated plan to keep moving on schedule. If the amendment were to be added, there wouldn’t be time for adequate public notice, planner Jennifer Kester said.
There are options, Kester said, and the plan could move forward to adoption now and have a hearing on Dec. 9.
The Shoreline Master Plan will have a second reading and vote at the scheduled city council meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday.