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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner, Resource Stewardship Department,

Public Hearing Scheduled on an Amendment to the Thurston County Impact Fee Schedule
Public are invited to comment on a proposed Impact Fee for S.E. Thurston Fire Authority

​OLYMPIA –   The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 3 p.m. to accept public testimony on a proposed amendment to the Thurston County Impact Fee Schedule for the S.E. Thurston Fire Authority. If approved, the amendment will add an impact fee to properties in the S.E. Thurston Fire Authority.

What: Public Hearing on an Amendment to the Thurston County Impact Fee Schedule
When: Tuesday December 5, 2017
Time:  3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where:  County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502

The proposed start date for the county to begin collecting an impact fee is March 1, 2018. The proposed impact fee does not affect properties outside the S.E. Thurston Fire Authority. 

Exceptions to the proposed impact fee include: 

  • Single-family homes with residential fire sprinklers
  • Ag-exempt structures up to 775 square feet
  • Structures not requiring permits
  • Bulkheads
  • Retaining Walls
  • Stair Towers
  • Ground based solar panels
  • Structures which are not frequently used such as: docks, walking surfaces such as porches and decks
  • Any addition to current structures which is less than 500 square feet

The county adopted amendments to the Impact Fee Ordinance (Title 25) in September 2016, and April 2017 to allow for the collection impact fees for fire districts and fire authorities. S.E. Thurston Fire Authority has requested the county collect impact fees on their behalf.

You can view more detailed information about the proposal on the Thurston Long Range Planning website.

The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing.

Written comments can be emailed to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner, at davisj@co.thurston.wa.us, hand delivered, or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Jeremy Davis
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 12 p.m. on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. County Commissioners may choose to approve the fee schedule amendment at the end of the public hearing, or request staff make changes to the proposal following the public hearing.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3