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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, February 15, 2018
Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development Dept., (360)786-5474 or email at shulas@co.thurston.wa.us 

Open Meetings on Land-Use Planning for Grand Mound and Rochester Subareas
Public invited to attend to learn more about the project and how to get involved

OLYMPIA – Thurston County will hold an open house on Saturday, February 24, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and March 8, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., to engage with the public about review and update of its plan for the Grand Mound and Rochester subarea plans.   

What: Open House for Thurston County’s Grand Mound and Rochester Subarea Planning Update Project
When & Where:     
Saturday, February 24th, 2018 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Rochester Community Center, 10140 Hwy 12 SW Rochester, WA 98579
Thursday, March 8th, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grand Mound Fairfield Inn & Suites, 6223 197th Way SW, Rochester, WA 98579

The Grand Mound and Rochester Subareas are located in south western Thurston County, approximately 15 miles southwest of the Olympia, Lacey, and Tumwater metropolitan area. The Grand Mound Urban Growth Area is comprised of approximately 950 acres and the Rochester subarea is roughly 9,500 acres of rural and mixed-use lands. 

In the early 1990s, the County worked with the communities to develop a land-use plan for the Grand Mound and Rochester subareas. The plans contain goals and policies aimed at achieving the community’s vision. In 2018, Thurston County will be re-engaging with the community to begin updating the land-use planning for the subareas.

Community involvement is key, and there will be many opportunities for the public to provide input and feedback throughout the planning process. 

For more information regarding the County’s Grand Mound & Rochester subarea planning project, visit: www.grandmoundplanning.org 

To request disability accommodations call the Reasonable Accommodation Coordinator at least three days prior to the meeting at 360-786-5440. Persons with speech or hearing disabilities may call via Washington Relay:  711 or 800-833-6388.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3