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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 21, 2018
Kraig Chalem, CPED Compliance Unit Supervisor, (360)754-4034, or email at chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us  

Public Hearing to Amend Title 26 – Code Enforcement
Public are invited to comment on proposed code enforcement text amendments

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, June 5th, at 5:30 p.m. to accept public testimony on proposed text amendments that address either redundancies or inconsistent use of language found in sections describing compliance requirements. In addition, text is clarified to communicate transparency of processes and commitment to collaborative compliance methods.

What: Public Hearing on Proposed Text Amendments to Title 26 
When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: County Courthouse, Building One, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, 98502

County Commissioners are conducting a public hearing and taking comment on the proposal to amend text of the Thurston County Code relating to code enforcement to clarify required actions, processes, and commitment to collaborating with all interested parties to achieve compliance (Title: 26).

For more detailed information about the proposal and process to amend Title 26, of the Thurston County Code, click here. Or, visit www.ThurstonPermitting.org and select ‘Title 26 Code Enforcement’ under ‘News and Links’.

Approved in February of 2016, Title 26 was established to support eleven different code chapters by consolidating the various sections that dealt with enforcement. This created a simple and easy to find reference to improve accessibility for both the public and County staff.  

The Board of County Commissioner invite the public to participate in an informed discussion and provide public testimony at the June 5 hearing. The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing. 

Written comments can also be emailed to Kraig Chalem, Compliance Unit Supervisor, at chalemk@co.thurston.wa.us, hand delivered, or mailed to:
Thurston County Community Planning & Economic Development Department’s Building Development Center; Compliance Unit
ATTN: Kraig Chalem
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  At the end of the hearing, County Commissioners may choose to adopt the amendments as proposed, adopt with specific changes, or request that staff make changes to the proposal and schedule another public hearing.

Disability Accommodations:  Room 152 is equipped with an assistive listening system and is wheelchair accessible. 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