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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 17, 2021
Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 786-5474 or email at Shannon.shula@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 (BoCC) will hold a public hearing at the Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, on Tuesday, May 25, 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.

A video conference option will also 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, May 25, 2021
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 Page: 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 Shannon Shula, Associate Planner, at shannon.shula@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. 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

An interim Emergency Housing Ordinance (15792) was adopted by the BoCC on June 25, 2019,was renewed on June 9, 2020 (15902), and renewed and amended on December 9, 2020 (15948). 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 the Community Planning & Economic Development Department 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.

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

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