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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Contact:
Katie Knight Pruit, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at PruitK@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 x6485

Sept. 29 Public Hearing on School Size Amendment
Public comment invited on code amendment

OLYMPIA -The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. to accept public testimony on removing building size limits at existing academic schools in rural areas.

For more detailed information about the proposed development code amendment, and to view the full text of the draft ordinance, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the link for the September 29 Board of County Commissioners hearing under the "News and Links" section.

Background:
In 2007, the Thurston County Development Code was amended adding several new zoning districts and placing new building size restrictions in these new rural zones as well as the existing rural residential resource, one unit per five acre zoning district. The intent of the building size limit is to prohibit large urban structures in rural areas of the county. An unintended consequence is limiting the expansion of essential public facilities such as schools which are compatible with rural residential character.

WHAT: Public Hearing on Development Code Amendment

WHEN: Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Thurston County Courthouse
Building One, Room 280
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, 98502

The public is invited to participate in an informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the September 29 hearing. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Katie Knight Pruit, Associate Planner, at PruitK@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department

Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Katie Knight Pruit

2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, September 29. County commissioners may choose to approve the amendment at the public hearing, or they may request that staff make changes to the proposal following the public hearing.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3