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Development Code Docket
Recent Update: ‚ÄčThe Board of County Commissioners recently held a briefing for a mid-cycle check-in on the dockets. A status update was provided on officially docketed items, and an overview of new proposals was provided. You can view the recorded on the County YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuANWax0cRG6l05UWvYkZ5g

Materials: BriefDocument-DocketsCheckIn.pdf   AttachmentA-DocketsProjectSheets.pdf   AttachmentB-DocketStatusOverview.pdf   AttachmentC-CountyAmendmentSteps.pdf     PowerPoint - 2021 Dockets Check-In 02182021.pdf

 

The Development Code Docket is a list of proposed changes to County land use and development regulations. Anyone may request a change. The list of requested changes are reviewed by the Board of County Commissioners who move some items from a preliminary docket list to an Official Docket for staff to work on. An explanation of docketing, and the paperwork for requesting a change are at the bottom of the page.  
 
Interim (temporary) Code Regulations
These items are not on the official docket, but based on an urgent need in the Community are being proposed as a temporary regulation. 
  • Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance - Thurston's Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) has renewed and amended the interim Emergency Housing Ordinance, which allows organizations and agencies to develop homeless camps on a temporary basis. The ordinance was adopted December 1, 2020. Temporary regulations must be approved by the BoCC every six months. See more details about the Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance (Ordinance 15948). 
2020-2021 Official Development Code Docket
This is the official list of proposed land use and development regulations that the Board of County Commissioners have asked County staff and the Planning Commission to analyze and to prepare for presentation at public hearings.  Official Development Code Docket for 2020-2021 (PDF).

Officially Docketed Development Code Items
These items, including proposed updates to existing County codes (referenced by Title number) represent the .  
  • A-7 - Review of Low Impact Development Standards (All Codes)

  • A-6 - Shoreline Master Program - CAO and Other Revisions to Ensure Consistency with SMP Update (Title 24, Other Codes)

  • A-8 - Habitat Conservation Plan Implementation Ordinance (Title 17, Title 24)

  • A-13 - Miscellaneous Clerical Errors (All Land Use Codes)

  • A-22 - Boundary Line Adjustment Standards (Title 18)               

  • A-23 - Address Rural Water Availability (All Codes)

  • A-25 - Amend the Forest Lands Conversion Ordinance and Review Tree Protection Standards (Chapter 17.25, Titles 20, 21, 22, 23)

Recently Adopted Amendments

  • A-16 - Amend Zoning Ordinances to add a Site Plan Review and Review Vesting (Titles 20, 21, 22, 23) Complete June 2, 2020

  • A-15 - Change the name of Chapter 20.60 (Title 20) Complete December 15, 2020

  • A-21 - Rural Accessory Dwelling Units (Title 20) Complete December 15, 2020

How Docketing Works
Anyone may request a change to the County's land use and development regulations using the process outlined below. All requests are first put on a Preliminary Docket.  Next, the Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) decide which items go onto the Official Docket through the Docketing Process (PDF) (detailed memo on docket process, PDF). The BoCC then forwards the Official Docket to staff and the Planning Commission for analysis, review and public hearings.  After the Planning Commission completes its work, items go back to the BoCC, which decides whether or not to adopt them as regulation. 

How to Request a Change to the Development Code Docket

Development Code Amendment Application (PDF)        Fillable Version (PDF)
Fee Schedule (PDF)
Other Land Use Applications (New Page)