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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, February 10, 2017
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner-Resource Stewardship Department, (360) 754-3355 ext. 7010 or davisj@co.thurston.wa.us

Public Comment Sought on Proposed Development Code Regulation Changes
Proposed changes now available on the Thurston County website

OLYMPIA - Thurston County is proposing to amend the "2016-17 Docket of Official Development Code Amendments" by adding an item to address impervious surface standards in the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area. The proposed docket item would include reconsideration of impervious surface coverage limits in the Residential/Sensitive Resource zoning district adopted on November 29, 2016.

Residents of the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area in Thurston County and those who may be affected by the proposed regulatory changes at the county level are asked to review the proposal and provide comments on whether the county should address this issue in 2017. Written comments are due by 12pm Thursday, March 2, 2017.

After the public review period, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will decide whether to add this item to the official docket. After, the item will be forwarded to the citizen review group, the Thurston County Planning Commission, for their review. Next, the Planning Commission and the BOCC will hold public hearings on the merits of the items on the docket, prior to adoption of any final regulations.

Some of the items already on the 2016-17 Official Docket include amending sign regulations in all codes to conform to a recent Supreme Court decision; and setting final regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processers and retailers.

To read the full list of proposals, visit the County's Planning Web Site and select '2016-2017 Development Code amendments' under the News and Links section on the right side of the page. You may pick up a printed copy of the proposed docket amendment from the County's Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The PAC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. You may submit you written comments via email to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner, Thurston County Resource Stewardship, Long Range Planning Division. Email your comments to davisj@co.thurston.wa.us or mail them to 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia WA 98502. Or call (360) 786-3355 ext. 7010. Written comments must be received no later than 12 pm March 2, 2017. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at (360) 754-2933 until February 28, 2017. After March 1, 2017, the Thurston County TDD/TYY access phone number will change. Those who are deaf, deaf-blind, hard of hearing or speech impaired may use the statewide relay system to reach Thurston County offices and departments to conduct their business telephonically. Relay users can dial 711 (or 1-800-833-6388) to connect with Washington Relay.

County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3