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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 5, 2021
Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 522-0553 or email at Andrew.Boughan@co.thurston.wa.us

Board of County Commissioners to Hold Three Public Hearings on  Amendments to Special Use Regulations
Public invited to comment on proposed amendments

​OLYMPIA – The Board of County Commissioners will hold three public hearings on Tuesday, March 16, at 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter, in Room 280, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW in Olympia, to accept public comment on three docket items in the 2020-2021 Official Development Code Docket. The items are: A-20 "Permitted Childcare Centers," CR-1 "Resorts & Retreats Code Amendment," and CR-4 "Commercial Smokehouse Code Amendment."

The public's ability to attend the public hearings in person is limited to 25%, or 10 people, in room 280. An overflow room is available for additional people, and a video conference option is also available to ensure those wishing to provide testimony have every option available. To attend virtually, you must register in advance for each individual hearing on the board's Public Meetings and Public Hearings webpage. Additionally, you can provide public comment by phone. Dial (360) 252-9020 and use 1234 as your pin.

What: BoCC Public Hearings on Permitted Childcare Centers, Resorts & Retreats, and Commercial Smokehouse Regulations
When: Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Time: 3:00 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia WA 98502
Attend Virtually: Register in advance at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/tchome/pages/publicmeetings.aspx   

The proposed amendments include changes to the Special Use Permit, Chapter 20.54 of the Thurston County Code (TCC). If approved, the amendments would change existing regulations for day-care centers and family day care providers, create two subsections and incorporate new standards for resort and retreat facilities over 100 acres, and incorporate new development standards for commercial smokehouses. The proposed amendments also incorporate new definitions for commercial smokehouses in 20.03 of the TCC.

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, comments may be submitted to Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner, Andrew.Boughan@co.thurston.wa.us. Comments must be received no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16. You can also mail comments to:

                        Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development

                        Attention: Andrew Boughan, Associate Planner

                        Thurston County Courthouse, Building One

                        2000 Lakeridge Drive SW

                        Olympia, WA 98502

You can view more detailed information about the proposals and the full text of the proposed ordinance by visiting the Development Code Docket webpage and selecting the respective project.

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.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3