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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 20, 2019
Christina Chaput, Associate Planner, (360) 786-5486 or
Ian Lefcourte, Associate Planner, (360) 786-5505 or 

Thurston County Continues Work on the Comprehensive Plan
Applications to amend the 2020 Comprehensive Plan are due Friday, November 15, 2019

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Comprehensive Plan describes the long-term vision for the county by setting direction for the county's growth in the coming decades. It contains common goals that guide development in the areas of land use, environment, transportation, public health, economic development, and resource use.

Communities planning under the Washington Growth Management Act (GMA) are required to periodically conduct an update of their comprehensive plan and development regulations. This document serves as a strategy guide for Thurston County's Comprehensive Plan update process.

The Board of County Commissioners (BoCC) directed Community Planning & Economic Development (CPED) staff to take a targeted approach to updating the Comprehensive Plan that focuses on completing required elements of the plan to ensure it meets state law.

Along with the periodic update currently underway, the county considers amendments to the Comprehensive Plan on an annual basis. Any citizen may propose an amendment to the Comprehensive Plan by submitting an application to CPED and paying an application fee. All proposed amendments are placed on a list called a Preliminary Docket. The BoCC chooses which proposals will go on the Official Docket for thorough review by staff and the Planning Commission.

Amendment applications are due to CPED by 5:00 p.m., November 15, 2019 to be considered for the 2020-2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket.  The Commissioners will consider the submitted applications in the Spring of 2020.  

Learn more at or contact Associate Planners:


County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3