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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 30, 2016
Contact:
Kraig Chalem, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us  or (360) 754-3355 x2087

PUBLIC HEARING TO AMEND SECTIONS OF TITLE 25 - IMPACT FEES
Thurston County invites the public to provide comments on proposed amendments to Title-25 relating to impact fees.

OLYMPIA - The Thurston Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 19, 2016, at 5:00 p.m., or soon thereafter, to accept public testimony on proposed amendments to Title-25 relating to impact fees.

What: Public Hearing on Proposal to amend Chapter 25 of the Thurston County Code.

When: Tuesday July 19, 2016 at 5:00 p.m., or soon thereafter

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

The proposal is to amend Sections: 25.04, 25.06, and 25.08 of the Thurston County Code. Amendments include adopting a program deferring impact fees until final building inspection, or sale of the property, but not to exceed a period of 18-months. These provisions would apply to the first 20 single-family residences with the condition that the applicant record a 'deferred impact fee lien' against the property in favor of the County. These amendments are required by State statute.

In addition, the proposed amendments include adding language allowing for the collection of impact fees on behalf of fire districts that serve the rural County.

Background:
The Washington State Legislature adopted the Growth Management Act of 1990, which authorizes the collection of impact fees on development to provide necessary public facilities that serve new construction. In 2012, the Board of County Commissioners adopted Ordinance No. 14819 establishing an impact fee program for the rural county (Title 25 - Impact Fees).

Engrossed Senate Bill (ESB) 5923 was signed on May 11, 2015, and amended Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 82.02.050 requiring counties collecting impact fees under RCW 36.70A to adopt and maintain a program deferring the collection of impact fees on single-family detached and attached residential construction for a period not to exceed 18-months for the first 20 homes, with the condition that the applicant, if they choose to participate, must record a "deferred impact fee lien against the property" in favor of the County. The legislation also requires the County to keep an accurate record of exercised deferrals. In addition, the proposed amendments include adding language allowing for the collection of impact fees on behalf of fire districts that serve rural Thurston County. The County must enact this state requirement by September 1, 2016.

The public can provide written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments must be submitted to Kraig Chalem, Associate Planner, by 4:00pm, Tuesday, July 19. Submit comments by email to chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us, or mail them to:

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

County Commissioners may choose to amend the TCC, adopting a deferment process and agreeing to collect impact fees on behalf of fire districts, 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.

For more detailed information about the proposal to extend the interim regulations, and to view the full text of the proposed ordinance, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the link for the July 19th, Board of County Commissioners hearing under the "News and Links" section.

If you have questions about this proposed change, you may contact Kraig Chalem, Associate Planner in Thurston County's Resource Stewardship Department at (360) 754-3355 x2087 or chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3