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CPA-16: Community-Driven Review of Agriculture Policies and Programs

COMMUNITY SURVEY FINAL REORT COMING SOON!

Thank you for your participation! Over 500 respondents provided critical feedback on County agricultural policies and programs. County staff are analyzing results and will report back soon. Learn more about the policies and programs covered by this survey via the links at the bottom of this page.



Learn more about the project:

The Board of County Commissioners placed this project on the 2020-2021 Official Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments to explore Thurston County policies and programs related to agriculture. The project includes, but may not be limited to, a review of the following:

  • Land use policies and zoning
  • Incentive programs
  • Regulatory programs

Staff is working closely with the county's Agriculture Advisory Committee and other stakeholders throughout the county to help define priority issues the project should address.

For more information on the project and to ask to be placed on an interested parties list, e-mail Community Planning Manager Jennifer Davis.


​Project Timeline (subject to change)

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Follow the meetings

  • (Past) Watch the April 15, 2021 project update provided to the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including a presentation on a second draft of the Community Agriculture survey report, as well as a discussion of long-term agricultural lands designation: https://youtu.be/Jh6gWi3WUcY
  • (Past) Watch the March 18, 2021 project update provided to the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including a presentation on the draft results from the Community Agriculture survey (final report is currently in development): https://youtu.be/B_cOdsIHcSQ
  • (Past) Watch the February 18, 2021 project update provided to the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including a presentation on how Thurston County agricultural lands incentive programs work (Open Space Tax Program, Conservation Futures, and Transfer of Development Rights): https://youtu.be/EwzuXw8PFZ0
  • (Past) Watch the January 21, 2021 project update provided to the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including a presentation on how agricultural lands are designated and zoned in Thurston County, and presentation and discussion of maps comparing designated lands to other data sources about local farmland: https://youtu.be/n8vbRqKU1Js
  • (Past) Watch a November 25, 2020 presentation and discussion with the Board of County Commissioners on regional agricultural economic development here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8OcL6K3MIA 
  • (Past) Watch a discussion about current Thurston County Agriculture Programs and Policies with the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee at their November 19, 2020 meeting here: https://youtu.be/55DH51RmDKY
  • (Past) Watch the October 15, 2020 project update provided to the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including discussion of a future mapping project and development of a community survey here: https://youtu.be/9jfo6yB80-o
  • (Past) Watch the September 17, 2020 project kick-off meeting with the Thurston County Agriculture Advisory Committee, including presentations from county staff, American Farmland Trust, and the Community Farmland Trust here: https://youtu.be/2LlTwLt-wRs 

 

Links to county agriculture policies and programs