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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, January 12, 2018
Contact:
Krosbie Carter, Associate Planner, Community Planning & Economic Development Department, (360)786-5505, or email at carterk@co.thurston.wa.us 

Public Comments Sought on Proposed Comprehensive Plan Docket Amendments through February 2
Proposed changes available on Thurston County website

OLYMPIA –Thurston County is seeking public comment on a preliminary list of amendments to its Comprehensive Plan for 2018. Comments will be accepted through Friday, February 2, 2018 at 5 pm.

The Preliminary Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket is a list of proposed changes to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan (RCW 36.70A.470). The final 2018-2019 Comprehensive Plan Docket will be a priority docket approved by the Board of County Commissioners. Lower priority amendments may be deferred or removed by the Board due to public comment, policy direction, budget availability, and staffing constraints. 

A full list of proposals is available at: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/comp-plan/comp-plan-docket-cpa.htm. 

Written comments must be submitted by 5 p.m. on February 2, 2018, and can be emailed to Krosbie Carter, Associate Planner, at carterk@co.thurston.wa.us, hand delivered, or mailed to: 

Thurston County Community Planning & Economic Development Department
C/O Krosbie Carter, Associate Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Background:

There are three proposed citizen-initiated amendments that are new this year:
  • A site-specific comprehensive plan land use amendment for 8.83 acres in the Olympia Urban Growth Area. This would change the land use and associated zoning from Commercial Oriented Shopping Center to a zone permitting a mix of residential and retail, and not requiring a grocery store, such as Neighborhood Retail or Professional Office/Residential Multifamily. (Terhune/Glenmore Village).
  • A site-specific comprehensive plan land use amendment for 75 acres in the rural County along Old Highway 99. This would change the land use and associated zoning from Rural Residential Resource 1/5 to Rural Commercial Center. (O’Neill/Great Western Supply). 
  • A site-specific comprehensive plan land use amendment for 53 acres near Rochester. This would change the land use and associated zoning from Rural Residential Resource 1/5 to Rural Commercial Center or Rural Resource Industrial. (Dragt/Old Hwy 99). 

In addition to the new proposed amendments, the County may continue work on the twelve items included on the current Official Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket, approved in 2017. 

After public review, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners will select items from the Preliminary Docket for the Official Docket. That Official Docket will be forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for review. The Planning Commission and the Board of Commissioners will hold public hearings on the merits of the items approved for the Official Docket prior to adoption of any final amendments.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings

District 1

Gary Edwards

District 2

Bud Blake

District 3