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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner, Resource Stewardship Department,

Public Hearing Scheduled to Discuss Proposed Amendment to Thurston County Sign Code
Public are invited to comment on a proposed change to the sign code.

​OLYMPIA –   The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing to accept testimony on a proposed amendment to the Thurston County sign regulation for noncommercial and other temporary signs.

What: Public Hearing on an Amendment to the Thurston County Sign Regulation
When: Tuesday January 9, 2018
Time:  5:30 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502

The proposed changes are primarily to address a June 2015 U.S. Supreme Court decision that essentially prohibits sign regulations from controlling the content of noncommercial signs.  Sign regulations for noncommercial signs are limited to addressing time, location, and manner regulations.

The affected sign regulations are in the following zoning regulations, which affect the unincorporated county:

  • Thurston County Zoning Ordinance
  • Zoning Ordinance for the Lacey Urban Growth Area
  • Tumwater UGA Zoning Ordinance
  • Olympia UGA Zoning Ordinance

You can view more detailed information about the proposal and its full text on the Thurston County Long Range Planning website.

The Board of Commissioners invite the public to participate in an informed discussion and provide public testimony at the hearing on January 9. The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony.

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 5 p.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The Board of Commissioners will be reviewing comments received at the hearing at a later meeting, and may choose to request that staff make changes to the proposal and consider adoption at a subsequent Board of Commissioners meeting.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3