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Shoreline Code Update – Community Open House

The County hosted many shoreline meetings to explain proposed updates to the County's shoreline regulations, and to get community input. If you haven't had the opportunity to attend a public meeting, this online open house may help you learn about proposed updates to the County's Shoreline Master Program (SMP), which will regulate building, development and land use along the shorelines of unincorporated Thurston County.

The Public Process - How to Learn about & Provide Input on the Proposed SMP

SMP Community Open House on 12/19/2018

​Graphic Overview of Proposed Updates to Shoreline Regulations

The images below were used as informational posters during public meetings.  They provide simplified visual information about some of the most asked SMP questions. These images, and the structures depicted in them, are not to scale, nor do they include scientifically accurate drawings of vegetation or water. 

Click on an image to open a larger version of it. 


Proposed New Mitigation Options & Shoreline Designations 


​How the Proposed SMP Works - How to Find the Regulations for your Location & Project

                                                                                                         The image above is not a poster, but an interactive board used to help 
                                                                                                          answer location- and property-specific questions from meeting attendees.