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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, December 28, 2009
Jeremy Davis, Thurston County Associate Planner, 360-754-3355 x 6372 or davisj@co.thurston.wa.us
David Ginther, City of  Tumwater Associate  Planner, 360-754-4210

Public Hearing Set Regarding Amendments to the Tumwater-Thurston County Joint Plan

OLYMPIA -- The City of Tumwater Planning Commission and the Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a joint public hearing on Wednesday, Jan. 13 regarding proposed changes to the Tumwater/Thurston County Joint Plan.  

The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. in Room 152, Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W. in Olympia .  Staff will be available to answer questions from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the same room.

The proposed amendments would affect the transportation element of the plan, as well as the land-use and zoning of property in the southern unincorporated portion of the City of Tumwater Urban Growth Area (UGA).

The southwest portion of the City of Tumwater Urban Growth Area has a number of unique environmental challenges that have been identified and studied.  These include high groundwater flooding episodes in the Salmon Creek Basin , the presence of sensitive species in the area, and wetlands.  Potential amendments to zoning and the Urban Growth Area boundary are being considered.  More information on the Tumwater Southwest UGA Resizing and Land Use Analysis Project is available in the Permit Assistance Center located on the second floor of Building One, or online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/tumwater-uga-analysis/index.htm.

The City of Tumwater adopted the Tumwater 2025 Transportation Plan in 2007.  The City of Tumwater and Thurston County are seeking to include the plan as part of the Tumwater/Thurston County Joint Plan for the unincorporated portion of the City of Tumwater Urban Growth Area .  More information is available online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/jointplanamendment/


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3