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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Christina Chaput, Associate Planner, Resource Stewardship Department, (360)754-3355 ext. 5486, or email at chaputc@co.thurston.wa.us 

Open House on Proposed Mineral Resource Lands Inventory on May 17, 2017
Proposed changes also open for public comment May 1 to May 24

OLYMPIA – Thurston County is holding an open house and seeking public comment on a draft Inventory and Classification scheme for Mineral Resource Lands.

An open house with maps of the proposed inventory will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. The open house will be followed by a presentation to the Thurston County Planning Commission on the mineral resource lands review. Both events will take place in Building 1, Room 152 of the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia WA 98502.

What: Open House on the draft Inventory and Classification Scheme for Mineral Resource Lands followed by a presentation to the Thurston County Planning Commission
When: Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation to the Thurston County Planning Commission
Where: Thurston County Courthouse Complex, Building 1, Room 152

Mineral resource lands include areas that may support the commercial extraction of minerals, including sand, gravel, rock, and metals. Counties planning under the Growth Management Act (GMA) are required to designate mineral resource lands as part of their Comprehensive Plan (RCW 36.70A.060).

As a first step in the designation process, the county has prepared a draft inventory that identifies and classifies all lands in Thurston County containing mineral deposits, based on available geotechnical information. Sand, gravel, and bedrock are our primary resources. These materials are the building blocks used to manufacture cement, concrete, asphalt, and other materials used in the construction of roads and buildings.

The purpose of the public review period is to allow Thurston County residents and others a chance to view the draft inventory and receive written comments to help improve the final version. Proposals to change the draft inventory map layers will need to be supported with technical information, such as a boring sample, indicating that the inventory is incorrect as mapped.

Once finalized, the inventory map and classification table will be the technical basis for policies to manage mineral resource lands in the Comprehensive Plan. For example, areas that already have higher density residential uses are likely not compatible with mineral resource extraction. These policy decisions will be considered in the update to the Comprehensive Plan, in 2018. Property owners with designated lands will still be required to apply for a permit and must comply with applicable land use and environmental regulations prior to conducting mining activities.

You can find additional information on the draft Mineral Resource Lands Inventory by visiting the Thurston County website and at the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center (PAC). The PAC is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. You can also contact Christina Chaput directly for information at (360) 786-5475 x5486, or at chaputc@co.thurston.wa.us.

The period for receiving comments begins on May 1, 2017 and comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2017, and must be on the Comment Form. Submit comments by email to chaputc@co.thurston.wa.us or mail or hand deliver them to:
Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Attn: Christina Chaput, Associate Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502

Citizens 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