Re: “Geoduck regulations worry beach owners” (TNT, 7-29).
Geoduck farming is the tip of the shoreline zoning iceberg. The proposed Pierce County regulation creates four shoreside zones: natural, conservation, residential and commercial, then creates a fifth “anything goes” aquatic zone (subject to other agencies’ supposed review).
There should be consistency between permitted shoreside uses and adjoining aquatic uses. Natural shoreside should require natural aquatic uses, for instance. The proposed regulation, applied to any other jurisdiction, would in effect restrict uses of residential back and side-yards and allow most anything – a convenience store, an oil refinery, etc. in front …