The Capital Improvement Program is Thurston County government’s six-year plan of community investment projects for unincorporated areas of Thurston County.
This plan ensures that the County government's public facilities and services keep up with population growth. The plan is reviewed and updated annually with the County's annual budget, as Appendix G of the County’s Comprehensive Plan.
Submit a comment on the capital improvement program.
The 2022-2027 Capital Improvement Program update is underway! The Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on the 2022-2027 CIP on November 3, 7 PM or soon thereafter. The Zoom link will be posted one week before the hearing on the Planning Commission agenda, available on the PC meetings page.
Public Participation Plan: The CIP Update will follow the typical legislative process for a Comprehensive Plan Update, which is described here. This process includes but is not limited to:
Posting information about the amendment on this web site, emailing information to interested parties, and advertising public hearings via press release and legal notice.
Holding open public meetings with the Planning Commission and BoCC for review.
Holding a Planning Commission public hearing and a BoCC public hearing for which members of the public can provide written and oral comment.
An overview of the planned projects was provided to the Board of County Commissioners on July 21, 2021. See the PowerPoint presentation (PDF) or watch the briefing on the Thurston County Youtube Channel.
- 2021 Mid-Year Update Materials:
- View the BoCC hearing legal notice from June 22, 2021.
- The Planning Commission held a public hearing on June 2, 2021.
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Regulatory Reasons for the work
The work is mandated by the Washington State Legislature through its Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A.020) which requires county Comprehensive Plans, to plan for specific facilities and financing methods, and to make regular plan adjustments based on current budgets and community needs.
Background / History / General Program Information
The planning document includes estimated proposed dates, costs, and methods of financing roads, bridges, sewers, parks, drinking water facilities, stormwater, garbage disposal, recycling, government and public services buildings. This plan is long-range in scope, because implementing capital improvements typically requires multi-year commitments of financial resources. The planning is also complex, requiring each department of the County to focus on projects under their jurisdiction, while coordinating with the BoCC and other County departments.