Thurston County Amendments & Plan Updates in Progress
Thurston County government updates its codes, development regulations, and related plans as the community grows, and as state and federal laws change. Such periodic updates are mandated by the state legislature's Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A.020). The update process includes input from citizens, analysis by a citizen advisory group called the Planning Commission, and review and approval by Thurston County's elected officials, the Board of County Commissioners

Capital Improvements Plan - update in progress
A six-year plan of community investment projects for unincorporated areas of Thurston County.

Comprehensive Plan - update in progress
The 20-year growth plan for unincorporated Thurston County. Rezoning of property requires an Amendment to the Comprehensive Plan. Learn how to apply for a property rezone or other amendment.

Development Code Docket - on-going, year-round process
A list of proposed changes to the building regulations for unincorporated Thurston County. Requests are accepted year-round.

Habitat Conservation Plan - first-time plan; being developed now
The County is applying for a federal permit to cover its building permit applicants in response to the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) listing of a gopher and three other animals in the County. The federal permit process requires the County to develop a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).  Until the HCP is complete & approved, the County operates a gopher review process.

Shoreline Master Program - update in progress
Building, land-use and zoning regulations for shorelines within the County's jurisdiction.

Subarea Plans - updates in progress
Growth plans for the communities of Grand Mound, Nisqually Valley & Rochester. Made in cooperation with each jurisdiction.