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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 14, 2008
Jeremy Davis, Associate Planner, 754-3355 ext. 5477, davisj@co.thurston.wa.us

Public Hearing to be Held on Thurston County Development Regulation Amendments

OLYMPIA – The Board of Thurston County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on December 8th regarding the following changes to the Thurston County Development regulations:

Chapter 17.15 Critical Areas, Tree Removal in Wetlands:  The proposed amendment would change the regulations regarding wetland tree cutting to limit tree cutting to danger trees, or trees that may be sick or unsound as defined in Chapter 17.15.

Title 18 Platting and Subdivision, Limitation on Bonding:  The proposed amendment would change the regulations to place limits on the ability to bond for public infrastructure, landscaping and other requirements of the preliminary plat approval prior to recording the final plat.

Title 20 Zoning, Definition and Limitations for Stand Alone Accessory Uses and Guest Houses:  The proposed amendments would change the regulations for accessory uses adding a maximum size for a guest house, and adding requirements and definitions for stand alone residential accessory uses on lots nearby the primary residence.

Title 22 Tumwater UGA Zoning, Requiring a Site Plan Review and Subdividing with No Sewer:  The proposed amendments would add requirements for an administrative site plan review of nonresidential projects and multifamily projects of more than four dwelling units.  This would result in a new site plan review chapter in Title 22.  In addition, the proposed amendments would provide flexibility for subdividing within the Tumwater UGA where sewers do not exist for lots of five acres or less.

The public hearing will begin at 6:00pm at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex , 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW , Olympia , WA 98502 .  Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony.  Please submit written testimony to Thurston County Development Services, Attention: Jeremy Davis, until the close of the public hearing.  The proposed changes to the Thurston County Development Code are available on-line at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/Development_Code/Development_Code_Docket.htm or in hard-copy at the Thurston County Development Services Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502, or by calling Jeremy Davis at (360) 754-3355 ext.7010 or Olivia Terwilliger at (360) 754-3355 ext 5477.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3