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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 15, 2010
Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner, 360-754-3355 x 5467 or deffoba@co.thurston.wa.us

Public Invited to Open House on Critical Areas Ordinance Updates

The Thurston County Planning Department will hold the fourth in a series of community open houses regarding updates to the county's Critical Areas Ordinance and prairie habitat protections on Monday, Oct. 18.

The potential amendments would affect activities in environmentally sensitive areas of the county, such as wetlands, prairie habitat, and other fish and wildlife habitat conservation areas. The potential amendments would also apply to areas that pose a threat to human safety, such as frequently flooded areas, geologically hazardous areas, and aquifer recharge areas.

The community open house will take place as follows:

Date: Monday Oct. 18, 2010
Time: 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. (presentation at 6 p.m.)
Location: Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., Olympia, WA 98502 in Room 152.

The open house will consist of informational displays with staff available to answer questions at 5 p.m., and a presentation at 6 p.m., 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 comments 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 Board of County Commissioners.

In addition, in the next several months the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners will both hold public hearings on the 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.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3