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Community Planning and Economic Development

Lacey Joint Plan Public Hearing

November 7, 2023, Thurston County Board of Commissioners held a joint public hearing on the Lacey Joint Plan update. The update includes new formatting, goals and policies, as well as three site-specific rezone amendments and an urban growth area expansion. Final action on the comprehensive Plan, which includes the Lacey Joint Plan, will occur on November 28, 2023.

Joint Plans outline land-use and development policies in the urban growth areas (UGAs) of Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater (and also Rainier, Tenino & Yelm). Urban growth areas are unincorporated parts of the county that may be annexed by a city in the future. The joint plan is made with Thurston County and city governments working together. This leads to regulations that make future development more predictable for citizens who live in those areas, and smoother when annexation occurs. Joint plans are part of the county's Comprehensive Plan, and are updated regularly.

Have a look at the proposed Lacey Joint Plan through this StoryMap and share feedback.


Plan Includes

  • Three site-specific rezone requests
  • Proposed low-density residential zoning consolidation (LD 0-4 and LD 3-6 consolidated into LD 0-6)
  • Fixes fifteen zoning boundaries that are out of alignment on the Lacey UGA map
  • New calculations for population, housing and land inventory
  • Integration of the goals and policies from the Martin Way Corridor Study
  • New goals and policies for each element

Project Timeline

August 23-Planning Commission work session

September 27-Planning Commission Public Hearing 

October-Board of County Commissioners work session

November 7-Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing

November/December-Final Action



Joint Plans are developed in collaboration with community members, city governments, and the county government. The process includes multiple opportunities for community input. Plans are separate documents within the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan, and also in Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey Comprehensive Plans. They are reviewed by the City Planning Commission, the Thurston County Planning Commission, the City Council, and the Board of County Commissioners. The final adoption comes from Thurston's Board of County Commissioners, which adopts Joint Plans as part of the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan.