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Monday, December 28, 2020
Board of Commissioners Adopt Amendments to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan
By Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360)545 2593 or email at 

The Thurston County Board of Commisisoners meeting for Tuesday, December 15, 2020. 

The Thurston County Board of Commissioners adopted Resolution No. 15953 and Ordinance No. 15974 on Tuesday, December 15, 2020, which contained several amendments to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan. The Comprehensive Plan describes the long-term vision for Thurston County, looking ahead to set direction for the county's growth over the next 20 years.

"The Comprehensive Plan reflects a shared community vision of the future for Thurston County. It is a living document that is updated regularly in order to respond to changing information and community priorities. This most recent update is the culmination of years of study and public involvement," said Jennifer Davis, Planning Manager with the Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development Department (CPED).

Amendments were included on the 2020-2021 Official Docket of Comprehensive Plan Amendments. Review of the amendments began in 2017, when the items were first added to the Official Docket, and continued through the end 2020. The amendments adopted by the Board of Commissioners are the result of significant public engagement, public comment, stakeholder work, and Planning Commission review, and Board of Commissioners review.

"The Comprehensive Plan is most successfully completed with clear leadership from the Board of County Commissioners, county staff's positive facilitation, and strong participation from citizens. It is my pleasure to relay this plan represents a resounding achievement in all three of these categories," said Joshua Cummings, Director of CPED. "Our County is well-positioned for success into the future because of this plan and your continued participation."

The adopted amendments are effective immediately. For more information, please contact Maya Teeple at (360) 545-2593 or

The Amendments

Resolution No. 15953 amended the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan by:

  • Repealing the 1996 Rochester Subarea Plan and replacing it with an updated Rochester Subarea Plan
  • Amending Policy E.5 of the Nisqually Subarea Plan to allow for asphalt recycling in the Nisqually Subarea with the requirement for covered storage of recycled asphalt
  • Amending the mineral lands, forestry, parks and health elements of the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan which included amendments to Chapters 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 11, Appendix C and D, the Future Land Use Map (Map L-1), the Long-Term Agriculture and Forestry Map (Map N-1), and the Designated Mineral Lands Map (previously M-43, renamed as N-2)

Additionally, seven parcels across unincorporated Thurston County totaling ±173 acres are removed from the Long-Term Forestry designation, with the land use and associated zoning changed from Long Term Forestry to Rural Residential Resource, One Unit per Five Acres.

Ordinance No. 15974 amended "The Official Zoning Map, Thurston County Washington" (Section 20.06.010 TCC) to be consistent with the amended future land use map. This ordinance also amended several sections of the Thurston County Code related to mineral lands, including Chapters 17.20, 20.03, 20.30B, 20.54, and 20.60, and amended Chapter 20.54 to include a requirement for covered storage of recycled asphalt for operations that process recycled asphalt within the Nisqually Subarea.

Copies of the amendments are available online at their respective project pages:

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3