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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, October 22, 2021
Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 545-2593 or email at Maya.Teeple@co.thurston.wa.us.

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearings on CIP, Places of Worship Code Amendment
Public hearings scheduled for Wednesday, November 3

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, November 3, at 7 p.m. to receive public testimony on proposed amendments to the 2022-2027 Thurston County Capital Improvement Plan (CIP), and proposed amendments to development standards for Places of Worship in the Olympia Urban Growth Area (UGA). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, these public hearings will be held virtually.

More information and the proposed amendments are available online at:  https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/default.aspx

What: Planning Commission Public Hearings on Capital Improvement Program and Places of Worship Code Amendment
When: Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Time: 7 p.m. or soon thereafter
Attend Virtually: The Planning Commission will provide a link on their agenda at least 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 hearings, you can submit written comments to Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, at Maya.Teeple@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 4 p.m. on Wednesday, November 3, 2021. You can also mail or hand deliver comments to:
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attn: Maya Teeple, Senior Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502

Capital Improvement Program:
The CIP is Appendix G of the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan. The CIP is updated annually to provide information on planned capital facilities projects for the coming six years.

Places of Worship Code Amendments:
This proposal is a citizen-requested amendment and is listed as CR-5 on the 2020-2021 Official Development Code Docket. The proposed amendments would change the Olympia UGA zoning code in Thurston County Code (Title 23) to expand certain types of associated uses that may occur in a Place of Worship. Some options consider expanding the zoning districts where dormitories associated with Places of Worship may be permitted, include regulatory standards that would limit the size of dormitories associated with Places of Worship, or look at other types of associated uses such as guest houses and single room occupancies.

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