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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 12, 2021
Contact:
Kaitlynn Nelson, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 522-0508 or email at Kaitlynn.Nelson@co.thurston.wa.us 

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Wireless Communication Facilities Code Update
Hearing set for June 2, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a virtual public hearing on Wednesday, June 2, at 7:00 p.m. or soon thereafter to receive public testimony on the 2020/2021 Development Code Amendment Docket Item A-19. This item is an update to the county's wireless communications facilities regulations to meet federal laws and simplify code language. The Planning Commission will provide a link to attend the meeting a week before the public hearing on the Planning Commission Meeting Materials webpage. The link will be included in the meeting agenda.

Copies of proposed amendments are available online at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/devcode.aspx.   

What: Planning Commission Public Hearing for A-19, Wireless Communication Facilities
When: Wednesday, June 2, 2021
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 https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Kaitlynn Nelson, Associate Planner, at Kaitlynn.Nelson@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. You can also mail or hand deliver comments to:

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

Background
Updates to the Thurston County Wireless Communications code are necessary to comply with numerous Federal Communications Commission (FCC) rules and other associated orders that affect siting of facilities, permitting processes, and local control.

This item was officially docketed by the Board of County Commissioners in 2014, and work has been on-going since. The review of the code includes a repeal and replace of the existing Wireless Communication Facilities and Antenna Support Structures (Thurston County Code 20.33), updates to Definitions (TCC 20.03), and updates to the Special Use chapter (TCC 20.54).

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:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3