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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, September 28, 2020
Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 786-5474 or email at Shannon.Shula@co.thurston.wa.us 

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Recycled Asphalt Policy Amendment to the Nisqually Subarea Plan
Public invited to comment on proposed changes

​OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, October 7, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to receive public testimony on a citizen-requested amendment to the Nisqually Subarea Plan, which currently prohibits asphalt recycling due to water quality concerns.

The proposed amendment would change the language of Policy E.5 in the Nisqually Subarea Plan to allow for asphalt recycling within the subarea. This proposed amendment is item 11 on the 2020/2021 Comprehensive Plan Amendment Docket. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this public hearing will be held virtually.

What: Planning Commission Public Hearing for CPA-11, Recycled Asphalt Policy Review
When: Wednesday, October 7, 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: www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx

Copies of proposed amendments are available online at:  www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/comp-plan-cp11-home.aspx.   

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, at Shannon.Shula@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 7, 2020. You can also mail or hand deliver comments to:

Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attn: Shannon Shula, Associate Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502 

Lakeside Industries, Inc. submitted an application for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment in November of 2016 proposing amendments to Policy E.5 of the Nisqually Subarea Plan. This item was officially docketed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2017, and work has been on-going since. The application requests the county consider a text amendment to Policy E.5 of the Nisqually Subarea Plan, which currently precludes the reprocessing of asphalt in the subarea due to water quality concerns. The proposed amendment would allow the recycling of asphalt pavement to occur as an accessory use within the mined-out portion of gravel pits within the Nisqually Subarea.

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:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3