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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 16, 2015
Allison Osterberg, Associate Planner, (360) 754-3355 x7011, or osterba@co.thurston.wa.us

Public comment invited

OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, October 20 at 3:00 p.m. to accept public testimony on proposed changes to the county’s County-Wide Planning Policies.

For more detailed information about the proposed amendment, and to view the full text of the draft changes, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the link for the October 20 Board of County Commissioners hearing under the "News and Links" section or visit: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/countywide/countywide-home.html.

Background: The County-Wide Planning Policies are the shared policy statements that provide a framework for developing and adopting comprehensive plans and development regulations for the jurisdictions within Thurston County: Lacey, Olympia, Tumwater, Bucoda, Rainier, Tenino, and Yelm, as well as Thurston County. In 2014, a subcommittee of representatives from these jurisdictions worked together to develop a set of recommended updates to the County-Wide Planning Policies. The proposed changes incorporate the foundational principles and policies of the Sustainable Thurston plan, strengthen language protecting rural lands, clarify annexation processes and development standard agreements among jurisdictions, fix formatting, and eliminate out-of-date references.

  • WHAT: Public Hearing on Amendments to the County-Wide Planning Policies
  • WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 3:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:Thurston County Courthouse
    Building One, Room 280
    2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

The public is invited to participate in an informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the October 20 hearing. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Allison Osterberg, Associate Planner, at osterba@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Long Range Planning, ATTN: Allison Osterberg
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 20. Thurston 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.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3