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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 14, 2005
John Sonnen, Planning Manager, (360) 786-5467
Nancy Pritchett, Senior Planner (360) 754-3355 x6474

County Sets Hearing On Critical Areas Ordinance Revisions

​OLYMPIA -- The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on September 27, 2005 at 6:30 p.m., at the Worthington Center, located at St. Martins College, 5300Pacific Ave SE, Lacey Washington 98503.  The purpose of the hearing is to accept public comment on proposed amendments to the Thurston County Critical Area regulations.  The proposed amendments call for major revisions of the critical areas regulations and related administrative procedures to achieve compliance with the state Growth Management Act. Critical areas include wetlands, stream buffers, important animal, bird and fish habitats, landslide hazard areas and other geologic hazard areas, flooding and stream channel migration hazards, and critical aquifer recharge areas.

Thurston County Senior Planner John Sonnen says the update is required.  "Under state law, we must update our critical areas ordinance to better reflect our increased understanding of the science of these areas and of the value they provide to all of us.  This is an issue that touches everyone because of flood control, ground water protections and other public health benefits."

Copies of the proposed amendments are available at the Permit Assistance Center at Thurston County Development Services Department at the address shown below and online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting under Long Range Planning-Critical Areas Update.   Further information can be obtained by calling Nancy Pritchett at (360) 754-3355 x6474 or John Sonnen at  (360) 786-5467.

Written public comment on the Critical Areas Ordinance will be accepted until 5:00pm on September 30th, 2005. They should be submitted to the Thurston County Planning Commission c/o John Sonnen, Development Services Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW , Olympia , Washington , 98502 .

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3