Peter Katich

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Voices from the Working Waterfront Oral History Project


Working waterfronts are inherently entwined with the social and cultural aspects of their host communities; they are integral to how community members define themselves and set themselves apart from others. This project captures and preserves oral histories highlighting the importance of working waterfronts to the nation’s fisheries, economy, and coastal communities. 

Date of Interview

Shelley Chance

Biographical Sketch

Biographical Note:
​​​​​​Peter Katich is the Senior Planner for the City of Gig Harbor, Washington. Peter was born in April 1954. He has worked in the planning field for 37 years.

Scope and Content Note:
Peter Katich was interviewed to document the City of Gig Harbor’s experience with the establishment of a historic working waterfront shoreline district through its Shoreline Master Program. Mr. Katich discusses the community's efforts to balance traditional waterfront uses with new development demands and highlights the City’s use of a number of working waterfront preservation tools including inventories, community visioning processes, and government acquisition. Mr. Katich also shares personal stories about the history and culture of the Croatian fishing community in Gig Harbor.

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