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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Ian Lefcourte, Associate Planner-Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 786-5505 or email at

Public Hearing Scheduled for Emergency Housing Ordinance Interim Regulations
The hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 7, at 3:00 p.m. to accept public testimony on the proposed emergency housing ordinance. The ordinance offers waivers to some existing requirements for homeless encampments to facilitate effective and timely services for the homelessness public health crisis established by Resolution No. H-2-2018. 

What: Public Hearing on Emergency Housing Ordinance Interim Amendments
When: Tuesday, May 7, 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: County Courthouse, Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502

View more detailed information about the proposal and the full text of the proposed ordinance on the Thurston Community Planning and Economic Development website at:

The public may submit written comments in lieu of testimony at the hearing. The deadline for written comments is 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Written comments can be emailed to Ian Lefcourte, Associate Planner, at, or hand delivered or mailed to: 

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
ATTN: Ian Lefcourte, Associate Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building One
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Disability Accommodations:  Room 280 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:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3