Olympia, Tumwater, & Lacey Joint Plans

Joint Plans are how the County government prepares for population increase in the Urban Growth Areas (UGA) of cities and towns within Thurston County. Plans establish a vision, set policies for the UGAs and, once adopted, make the land-use process more predictable for citizens, and more seamless for the cities when annexation occurs.

The Joint Planning Process

Joint Plans are developed in collaboration with community members, the cities, 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. 



Tumwater Joint Plan

On November 30, 2021, the Board of County Commissioners voted 2-1 to repeal and replace the Tumwater Joint Plan, which is an element of the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan. The Tumwater Joint Plan was first adopted in 1995 with a minor update in 2009. 

The Joint Plan update included five (5) land use zoning amendments and an amendment to the Airport Hazard Overlay. 

Final Action Documents:

BoCC Public Hearing Drafts:

‚ÄčOlympia Joint Plan

Review of this plan is scheduled to begin later this year.

‚ÄčLacey Joint Plan

Review of this plan is scheduled to begin later this year.