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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, November 19, 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 Floodplain Development Regulations
Public invited to comment on interim flood regulations Tuesday, November 24 at 3:00 p.m.

OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 24, at 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafter, on a proposed ordinance to finalize amendments to floodplain development regulations originally adopted with Interim 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, November 24, 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 virtually. Please go to the Board of County Commissioners Public Meetings Hearings page to find out how to join virtually. 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, November 24, 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

View more detailed information about the proposed regulations and the full text of the proposed ordinance at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/flood.aspx 

Background:
The proposed will finalize regulations originally adopted by Ordinance No. 15905. 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. 

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