Proposed Emergency Housing Ordinance Interim Regulations

Public Hearing:

On Wednesday May 7, 2019 at 3:00 p.m., the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing. The hearing is to take public testimony on temporary regulations for emergency homeless encampments. The proposed interim regulations offer waivers to some existing requirements for homeless encampments. This will increase flexibility in permitting emergency homeless encampments to more effectively address the Homeless Public Health Crisis (as established in Resolution No. H-2-2018).

The interim regulations, as amended, would add provisions to several chapters to the Thurston County Code, including Chapter 20.35, for the rural county, Chapter 21.64 for the unincorporated Lacey Urban Growth Area, Chapter 22.51 for the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area, and Chapter 23.45 for the unincorporated Olympia Urban Growth Area.

The Board may approve the ordinance following the public hearing. If not approved following the hearing, the Board may schedule the ordinance for final consideration at a future Board meeting.

Homelessness Public Health Crisis ResolutionProposed Emergency Housing Ordinance



May 7, 2019


3:00 P.M., or soon thereafter


Room 280, Building 1

Thurston County Courthouse


 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW


Olympia, WA 98501


Comments may be given at the hearing, mailed or sent via email. Please send email comments to Ian Lefcourte by 12:00 p.m. on May 7th.

Please send mailed comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Building 1, Second Floor
C/O Ian Lefcourte, Associate Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Mailed comments must arrive by May 7, 2019 by 12:00 P.M.

If you have any questions, please email Ian Lefcourte, or call (360) 786-5505.