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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, November 20, 2020
Contact:
Leah Davis, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 786-5582 or email at Leah.Davis@co.thurston.wa.us.

Board of Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance
Public invited to comment on proposed renewal of Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance

OLYMPIA –The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. to receive public testimony on a proposal to renew an interim ordinance for emergency housing. There are no proposed changes to the previously adopted interim emergency housing ordinance.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a video conference option will be available in addition to in-person attendance to ensure those wishing to provide testimony have every option available.

What: BoCC Public Hearing for adoption of Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance
When: Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Time: 3:00 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Attend Virtually: Meeting information will be posted on the Board's public hearings webpage at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome/Pages/publicmeetings.aspx

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Leah Davis, Associate Planner, at Leah.Davis@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1, 2020. You can also mail or hand deliver comments to: 

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

More information and the proposed interim ordinance is available online at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/comp-plan-eho.aspx.

Background                                              
Interim Emergency Housing Ordinance (15792) was adopted by the BoCC on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, and was renewed on Tuesday, June 9, 2020 (15902). 

No changes are proposed for the renewal. The Growth Management Act allows the adoption of interim ordinances, and renewal every six months if a public hearing is held.

The interim ordinance allows the Director of Community Planning and Economic Development to waive some of the code standards for emergency housing encampments for up to six months. A public hearing is required to extend waivers beyond six months.

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