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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 10, 2020
Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 786-5578 or email at

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Comprehensive Plan
Public invited to comment on proposed changes to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan

​OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public testimony on proposed amendments to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan. The major topics of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan update are mineral lands, long-term forestry, parks, and health.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this public hearing will be held virtually.

What: Planning Commission Public Hearing for Comprehensive Plan Update
When: Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Time: 7:00 p.m. or soon thereafter
Attend Virtually: The Planning Commission will provide a link on their agenda, posted one week before the meeting, at:

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, at no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19, 2020. You can also mail, or hand deliver, comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
ATTN: Maya Teeple, Senior Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502

The Comprehensive Plan describes the long-term vision for Thurston County, looking ahead to set direction for the county's growth over the next 20 years. Thurston County plans under the authority of the Growth Management Act (GMA), which requires comprehensive planning for all counties with populations greater than 50,000. Counties must periodically review their comprehensive plans and development regulations to bring them up-to-date with changes to the GMA, to respond to changes in land use and population growth, and to address new legal issues.

Copies of proposed amendments to the Comprehensive Plan are available online at:   

A self-guided virtual open house is available online 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