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

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 last minor update to the Tumwater Joint Plan was in 2009. 

The proposed amendments have been reviewed in joint work sessions with Thurston County and City of Tumwater Planning Commissions. A public hearing was held May 20, 2021 to take public comment on the proposed Joint Plan. After the hearing the Thurston County Planning commission recommended approval of the Joint Plan with one amendment to strike section 11.1.6, "Zoning and Devlopment Regulations Actions." The City of Tumwater Planning Commission recommended approval of the Joint Plan without further amendments. 

The Tumwater City Council reviewed the Planning Commission Recommendations and the Joint Plan, and then held a work session. On August 2, 2021 the City Council produced a recommendation to the Board of County Commissioners to adopt the Joint Plan as proposed. The County Commissioners will review the Joint Plan, have a work session, and then hold a public hearing. Tentative dates are:

  • June 9, 2021 - General Government Committee Second Briefing

  • June 22, 2021 - City Council work session

  • July 27, 2021 - City Council work session

  • August 2, 2021 - City Council consideration of recommendation

  • August 12, 2021 - Board of County Commissioners work session

  • September 28, 2021 - Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing

  • Late 2021 - Board of County Commissioners Final Action

BoCC Public Hearing Drafts:

Planning Commission Recommendation:

City of Tumwater Recommendation:

Other Documents:

​Olympia Joint Plan

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

​Lacey Joint Plan

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