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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Brett Bures, Building and Development Manager, Community Planning & Economic Development, (360) 786-5471 or email 

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Critical Area Determination
Public invited to comment on proposed changes to the Thurston County Development Code

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, February 19, at 7 p.m. to accept public comment on proposed amendments to Title 24, Critical Areas, of the Thurston County Code. The purpose of the proposed amendments is to lengthen the time frame a critical area determination is valid.

What: Planning Commission Public Hearing for Critical Area Determination Vesting
When: Wednesday, February 19, at 7 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse Complex, Building 1, Room 152, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, 98502

Currently, a critical area determination is valid for one year. The proposed amendments would provide consistency with other common application types, clarifying the process for citizens and providing more flexibility for property owners to plan for future permitting.

For more information about this and other amendments being considered by the Planning Commission, visit:    

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, written or e-mailed comments may be submitted. Comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 19. Submit comments by email to You can also mail or hand deliver your comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attn: Brett Bures, Building and Development Manager
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502

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:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3