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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 20, 2020
Shannon Shula, Associate. Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 786-5474, or email at

Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on the Rochester Subarea Plan Update
Public invited to comment on proposed amendments to Rochester Subarea Plan

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 to receive public testimony on the proposed draft of the Rochester Subarea Plan update. The Rochester Subarea Plan is part of the 2020-2021 Official Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a video conference and teleconference option will also be available in addition to in-person attendance to ensure those wishing to provide testimony have every option available.

What: Public Hearing – Comprehensive Plan Amendment for the Rochester Subarea Plan
When: Tuesday, July 28, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Attend Virtually:

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, you can submit written comments to Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, at no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 2020. You can also hand deliver or mail comments to:
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development Department
Attention: Shannon Shula, Associate Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW,
Olympia, WA 98502

The Rochester Subarea Plan was last updated in 1996. In 2017, the Board of County Commissioners approved a project to review and update to the Rochester Subarea Plan. The county held four open house events between 2018 and 2019, in addition to several other public outreach and community engagement activities with residents and businesses in the Rochester and Grand Mound communities. The Thurston County Planning Commission reviewed and held a public hearing on the draft update on January 8, 2020, and recommended approval of the updated Plan.
Copies of the proposed subarea plan and supporting documents are available at the Building Development Center, located in Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, in Olympia. You can also find the proposed plan and supporting documents at:

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