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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 22, 2021
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 EHO Ordinance
Public can comment on proposed renewal of interim emergency housing ordinance

​OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing Tuesday, November 30, at 3 p.m. to receive public testimony on a proposal to amend and renew the interim Emergency Housing Ordinance (EHO). Minor changes are proposed for this renewal that clarify which fire regulation standards can and cannot be waived, and require the director to consult with stakeholders prior to waiving requirements. You can review the ordinance on the Emergency Housing Ordinance (EHO) webpage.

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, November 30
Time: 3 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive, SW, Olympia, WA 98502
Attend Virtually: Meeting information available on the board's Public Meetings and Public Hearings webpage.

Written Comments: You can submit written comments to Leah Davis, Associate Planner, at Leah.Davis@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 12 p.m. Tuesday, November 30, if you are unable to attend the public hearing. 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

Background: An interim EHO was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners June 25, 2019. It was renewed June 9, 2020, renewed and amended December 9, 2020, and renewed as amended June 9, 2021. 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.

To extend waivers beyond six months requires a public hearing. The current interim regulations will expire Wednesday, December 9, 2021 if not renewed by the board following a public hearing.

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:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3