Wireless Communication Facilities

Project Update

Staff is revising the draft code based on public comment received for the June 2nd Planning Commission public hearing. The Board of County Commissioners have directed that a stakeholder group be formed to provide additional input to the Planning Commission. Check back here for project updates as this work continues. 

Public Hearing

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021, at 7 p.m. 

​Public Hearing Materials

How to Participate

Questions may be emailed to Kaitlynn.Nelson@co.thurston.wa.us, or Kaitlynn may also be reached at 360-522-0508.

Background

The wireless code establishes the permitting process for numerous types of wireless facilities in both the public rights-of-way and private property, the criteria for approval, and the design guidelines for each type of facility. An update to the wireless code is required for compliance with the Federal Telecommunications Act and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), which has adopted multiple orders over the years that impose new and restrictive conditions on local control. Updating the code allows the County to preserve the ability to assert the remaining authority in the review of wireless facilities. The timeline for adoption of the draft code is based not on a calendar deadline, but on the need to fill the gap where the County does not have code in place to request any requirements beyond the determinations made by the FCC.