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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 14, 2016
Charissa Waters, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at WatersC@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 786-5541

March 22 Public Hearing on Urban Growth Area Zoning Code Update
Public comment invited on amendment to the three Urban Growth Area zoning codes

Olympia-The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30 p.m. to accept public testimony on a proposed amendment to the County Code that would include additional chapters for urban agriculture in the Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater Urban Growth Area (UGA) zoning codes (Titles 21, 22, and 23). This proposed County Code update is intended to encourage more urban agricultural activities and increase clarity and consistency in regulations between the Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater UGAs and their respective municipalities.

For more detailed information about the proposed development code amendment, please visit the County website at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/docket/docket_home.htm and scroll down to section A7.

Recently, the cities of Lacey, Olympia, and Tumwater have amended their zoning codes to allow for residents in lower density zoning districts to have urban agricultural activities, such as small farm animals. Currently, the three UGA zoning codes do not allow similar numbers and types of small farm animals. In light of this, the Board of County Commissioners has directed the Resource Stewardship Department to update the zoning codes in the UGAs to reflect the changes in each respective municipality.

WHAT: Public Hearing on Development Code Amendment

WHEN: Tuesday, March 22 at 5:30p.m.

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

The public is invited to participate in an informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the March 22 hearing. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Charissa Waters, Associate Planner, at WatersC@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Charissa Waters
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 22. 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.

If you need special accommodations to participate in this meeting, please contact the county commissioners' office at 360-786-5440. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at (360) 754-2933.

If you have questions about this proposed change, you may contact Charissa Waters, Associate Planner in Thurston County's Resource Stewardship Department at (360) 754-3355 x5541 or WatersC@co.thurston.wa.us.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3