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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, September 9, 2016
Kraig Chalem, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 x2087

Thurston County Adopts Amendments to Impact Fees Regulations
Changes allow deferment  for single-family homes and for the collection of impact fees for rural fire districts

OLYMPIA Thurston County Commissioners have approved changes to the Thurston County Code for voluntary deferment of impact fees until final building inspection, for the first 20 applications for single-family residences. The idea is to spur construction of such housing, by giving developers a temporary respite from paying the fees. The deferment comes with the condition that the applicant record a 'lien' against the property for the period of deferment. These amendments are required by State statute.

For more detailed information about approved Ordinance No. 15340 amending Title-25 Impact Fees, and to view the full text of the approved ordinance, go toThurston County Planningand click on the link for "Impact Fees" under Planning Links on the left hand side.


Engrossed State Senate Bill (ESB) 5923 was signed on May 11, 2015, and amended Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 82.02.050 to require counties collecting impact fees under Ch.36.70A RCW to adopt and maintain a program allowing for the deferrals. The proposal also included language allowing for the collection of impact fees on behalf of fire districts that serve rural Thurston County.

If you have questions about this 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



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3