Wireless Communication Facilities

Project Update

On July 20, 2022, The Planning Commission, after reviewing the document, taking public comments, and hearing from the stakeholder group recommended proposed changes to the Thurston County Zoning Code (Title 20) regarding Wireless Communication Facilities.  

Proposed Code Changes (PDF)

Fact Sheet (PDF)

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 contact her 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 reviewing 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 a code in place to request any requirements beyond the determinations made by the FCC.