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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 26, 2015
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. DavisJ@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 x7010

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Development Regulation Changes
Proposed changes now available on the Thurston County website.

Thurston County has released a list of proposed development regulation changes for 2016-2017. You can find the list on the county's website under its official name "2016-2017 Preliminary Docket of Development Code Amendments."

Residents of unincorporated Thurston County and those who may be affected by regulatory changes at the county level are asked to review the preliminary docket and provide written comments about which proposals the county should address in 2016-2017. Written comments are due by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 13, 2015.

After public review, the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will select items from the Preliminary Docket for the Official Docket. That Official Docket then will be forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for review. The Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners will hold public hearings on the merits of the items approved for the Official Docket prior to adoption of any final regulations.

Projects on the docket are prioritized into four tiers: Priority A, B, C and D. Subjects in the lower three tiers may not be addressed due to staff and budget constraints.

Some of the proposed Priority A topics include amending the impact fee ordinance (Title 25) to add a deferral process and to add fire districts; amending sign regulations in all codes to conform to a recent Supreme Court decision; setting final regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processers and retailers; and considering more restrictions on fireworks.

To read the full list of proposals, visit the County's website at www.thurstonplanning.org and select '2016-2017 Development Code amendments' under the News and Links section on the right side of the page. You may pick up a printed copy of the proposed docket from the County's Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The PAC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.You may submit you written comments via email to Maya Buhler, Assistant Planner, Thurston County Resource Stewardship, Long Range Planning Division. Email your comments to buhlerm@co.thurston.wa.us or mail them to 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia WA 98502. Or call (360) 786-5578. Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. November 13, 2015. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at (360) 754-2933.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3