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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 1, 2010
Contact:
Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner, 360-754-3355 x 5467

Fact Sheets Available for Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance Update


OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Planning Department has developed a series of fact sheets to provide information on the Critical Areas Ordinance update process. The fact sheets describe key issues the Thurston County Planning Department is considering for the 2010 draft Critical Areas Ordinance.

Beginning next week, the Planning Department will hold a series of community open houses regarding updates to the County's Critical Areas Ordinance and prairie habitat protections. The Planning Department is seeking input at the open houses before finalizing the draft ordinance.

The community open houses will take place on the scheduled dates as follows:
  • Tuesday, October 5, 2010: 5PM to 9 PM, Great Wolf Lodge, 20500 Old Highway 99 SW, Centralia, WA. 98531 (in Grand Mound)
  • Thursday, October 7, 2010: 5PM to 9 PM, Thurston County Fairgrounds, 3054 Carpenter Rd., Lacey, WA. 98503
  • Tuesday, October 12, 2010: 5PM to 9 PM Rainier Sportsman's Club, 404 Alaska St., Rainier, WA. 98576.
  • Monday, October 18, 2010: 5PM to 9 PM Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA. 98502, in Room 152.


The open houses will consist of two components: informational displays with staff available to answer questions beginning at 5 p.m., and a presentation at 6 p.m. on each night, followed by an opportunity for participants to address a staff panel with questions and concerns. There will also be opportunities for interested parties to submit written comments. Public comment from the open houses will be used to inform changes to the 2010 draft. The comments will also be distributed to the Thurston County Planning Commission and the Thurston County Commissioners.

In addition, in the next several months the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners will both hold public hearings on potential amendments to the Critical Areas Ordinance. The public will be notified of those hearings once they are scheduled.

More information is available at the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center at the County Courthouse address above or online at www.thurstonplanning.org, or by contacting Andrew Deffobis at deffoba@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 ext. 5467. To receive project updates and hearing notices, please sign up for the Planning Department's webmail list. On the Planning Department website, click the "Web Mail" link at the top navigation bar.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3