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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, May 6, 2022
​Ashley Arai, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development Department, (360) 786-5746 or email at Ashley.Arai@co.thurston.wa.us

Planning Commission to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Nonconforming Code Chapter of the Critical Areas Ordinance
Public invited to comment on proposed amendments

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on Nonconforming Code Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 7 p.m. View more detailed information about the proposals, how to comment, and the full text of the proposed ordinance on the Development Code Amendment 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: Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Nonconforming Code Chapter of the Critical Areas Ordinance 
When: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 7 p.m., or soon thereafter
Where: Room 280, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502

Attend Virtually: Meeting information will be posted on the board’s Public Hearings Page at, https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx     

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend, written comments may be submitted to Ashley Arai, Associate Planner, at Ashley.Arai@co.thurston.wa.us. Comments must be received no later than 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022. You can also mail comments to:
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attention: Ashley Arai, Associate Planner
Thurston County Courthouse, Building One
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

The purpose of the Nonconforming Code chapter is to establish provisions for developing and redeveloping existing uses, structures, and lots affected by critical areas that do not conform to the Critical Areas Ordinance (Title 24). The proposed amendments would expand administrative review and approval of small-scale projects associated with existing nonconforming uses, structures, and lots that have minimal to no impact on the functional performance of a critical area buffer. This is item A-27 on the Official Development Code Docket

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