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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, July 27, 2020
Contact:
Jeremy Davis Operations Manager, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 867-2103 or email at jeremy.davis@co.thurston.wa.us

Board of Commissioners Public Hearing Scheduled for Interim Floodplain Development Regulations
Public invited to comment on interim flood regulations

OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, August 4, at 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafter, on interim floodplain development regulations adopted by Ordinance No. 15905 on June 16, 2020. The amendments are primarily technical amendments to ensure consistency with the National Flood Insurance Program for development in flood hazard areas. 

What: Public Hearing on Interim Floodplain Development Regulations (Ord. 15905)
When: Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where:    Room 280, Building 1, Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Attend Virtually: The public may testify in-person, or over the phone at (360) 252-9020.  The public hearing will also be live streamed on the Thurston County YouTube channel.

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted to Jeremy Davis, Operations Manager, at jeremy.davis@co.thurston.wa.us. Comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 4, or at the public hearing. You can also mail comments to: 

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attention: Jeremy Davis, Operations Manager
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

You can view more detailed information about the interim regulations and the full text of Ordinance No. 15905 at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/flood.aspx 

Background:
Ordinance No. 15905 adopted interim regulations to ensure the county’s flood hazard regulations meet the minimum standards of the National Flood Insurance Program. Updates were due to the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Washington State by June 19, 2020 in order to continue to meet the minimum standards of the National Flood Insurance Program. RCW 36.70A.390 allows interim regulations to be adopted without a public hearing if a public hearing is held within sixty calendar (60) days after the date of adoption.  

Summary of new regulations as proposed in the draft:  
  • Add and update cross-references between code sections
  • Add and update technical definitions and clarifications
  • Indicate what records need to be kept by the county
  • Add a new section allowing for agricultural sanctuary structures

Disability Accommodations: 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.

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County Commissioners:

John Hutchings
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3