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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 citizens, 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. 

‚ÄčOlympia Joint Plan
Review of this plan is scheduled to begin later this year.

Tumwater Joint Plan
The Tumwater Joint Plan is in the process of being updated. Proposed amendments include revised background information, updated policy language, several site-specific land-use and zoning amendments, and an amendment to the portion of the Airport Overlay zone that is within the rural county. The Tumwater Joint Plan was last updated in 2009. 

The proposal has been reviewed and discussed in joint work sessions with Thurston County and City of Tumwater Planning Commissions. At the second work session on April 15, 2021, the joint planning commissions voted to hold a public hearing May 20, 2021 at 7:00 pm. To attend the public hearing, see the Thurston County Planning Commission Meetings calendar for the materials, and a link to the virtual public hearing. Written comments can be provided prior to 4:00 pm May 20 to Leah Davis CPED, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia WA 98502 or by emailing the project manager below.



Contact the project manager Leah Davis.

Lacey Joint Plan
Review of this plan is scheduled to begin later this year.