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.
Olympia Joint Plan
The Olympia Joint Plan has been under review throughout 2022. It is largely based on the Olympia Comprehensive Plan. The update includes new calculations for population, housing and land inventory as well as new goals and polices.
The Joint Plan incudes one land use amendment proposal at the Glenmore Village subdividion. Staff is seeking public input at an open house September 20, 2022, 5:30-7:00 pm at the north end of Glenmore Village Drive. You can read more about the proposal and submit comments below.
Projected timeline of the Olympia Joint Plan update:
- October/November 2022 - Planning Commission Work Sessions
- November/December 2022 - Planning Commission Public Hearing
- End of 2022 - Planning Commissiion Recommendation to Board of Commissioners
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:
Final Adopted Joint Plan:
Lacey Joint Plan
Review of this plan is scheduled to begin later this year.