Small-scale project applicants whose existing legal, nonconforming use, structure, or lot lies in a critical area or buffer within Thurston County’s jurisdiction.
Summary of Code Amendments
Streamlines and lowers the cost of the permit review process by allowing some applications to be reviewed by knowledgeable staff, instead of going to the Hearings Examiner. Small scale projects subject to this would include:
- Alterations within the existing structure’s footprint
- Additions to the landward side of a single-family home, only when the affected buffer area is isolated and no longer protects the critical area
- Projects with 500 square feet or less of impervious surfaces in wetland buffers of at least 100ft.
We welcome your feedback on this project. If you
would like to participate in the public process, please click Comment on the Non-conforming Projects in Critical Areas Code Amendment
to provide comments on this proposal. You may also contact project manager, Ashley Arai at 360-280-9298 if you have any questions or would like additional information. We look forward to hearing from you!
This timeline is approximate and subject to change. Last updated August 24, 2022.
- Spring - Summer 2022 - Planning Commission Review & Public Hearing
- Summer 2022 - SEPA Determination
- Summer - Fall 2022 - BoCC Review, BoCC Public Hearing, BoCC Final Action
Planning Commission Public Hearing Comments