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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 21, 2008
Olivia Terwilleger, Assistant Planner, 360-786-7372 or terwilo@co.thurston.wa.us

Open-House set for Mineral Lands of Commercial Significance Designation Project

​OLYMPIA – Thurston County Long Range Planning Division will hold a Public Open House on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 6:00PM regarding the Mineral Land of Long Term Commercial Significance project which includes criterion for the siting of asphalt plants.

The purpose of this Open House is to explain the designation process, the proposed amendments, and provide the public an opportunity to comment on the proposed amendments.

As required by RCW 36.70A.130(1), a county shall review its mineral resource lands designations and shall take into consideration new information made available.

WAC 365-190-070 states counties shall identify and classify aggregate and mineral resource lands from which the extraction of minerals occurs or can be anticipated. Other proposed land uses within these areas may require special attention to ensure future supply of aggregate and mineral resource material, while maintaining a balance of land uses.

Concerns about the location of gravel mines and asphalt plants emerged from an earlier effort by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners to review and in some cases expand existing designated mineral lands of long-term commercial significance (LTCS) as part of a seven-year review of the Comprehensive Plan as required by the Growth Management Act (GMA). In January 2004, the Board established an interim ordinance (Ordinance 13030) that prohibited:

  • designation of new mineral lands
  • permitting of new gravel mining operations
  • permitting of new asphalt plants outside the rural resource Industrial zone.

The interim ordinance has been renewed 9 times previously and is due to expire in March 2009.

The open house will be held at the Thurston County Courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW , Olympia on Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 6:00PM.  For more information on the Mineral Lands of Commercial Significance Project go online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/Mineral_Lands_Task_Force/Mineral_Lands_Home.htm or contract Olivia Terwilleger at (360) 754-3355 x5477or e-mail at terwilo@co.thurston.wa.us

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3