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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 29, 2022
Contact:
Ashley Arai, Natural Resources Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 280-9298 or email ashley.arai@co.thurston.wa.us 

Thurston County Board of County Commissioners to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Amendments to Nonconforming Code Chapter of the Critical Areas Ordina
Public invited to comment on proposed changes Tuesday, September 27 at 5:00 p.m.

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing to accept public comment on Development Code Docket Item A-27, Nonconforming Code Update to the Critical Areas Ordinance. You can view more detailed information about the proposal, how to comment, and the full text of the proposed ordinance on the project webpage.

What: BoCC Public Hearing for Nonconforming Code Update – Critical Areas Ordinance
When: Tuesday, September 27, 2022 
Time: 5:00 p.m. or soon thereafter
Where: Thurston County Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Room 280, Bldg 1, 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

How to Submit Public Comments
In-Person or Virtually: Those wishing to testify should appear in person or virtually and be heard. Testimony will be accepted at the September 27th hearing. 
Written Comments: You can submit written or emailed comments if you cannot attend. Please submit your comment no later than 12:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 27, 2022. 
Email to: Ashley Arai, Natural Resources Planner, at ashley.arai@co.thurston.wa.us
Mail to:
Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development
Attn: Ashley Arai
Thurston County Courthouse, Building 1, 2nd Floor
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia WA, 98502 

Background
The project is a county-initiated amendment and is listed as Item A-27 on the 2022-2023 Official Development Code Docket. The proposed amendments would amend Chapters 24.03 and 24.50 of the Critical Areas Ordinance (Title 24) to expand administrative review of small-scale projects associated with nonconforming uses, structures and lots that have minimal impacts to critical areas. Currently, such projects must be approved by the County Hearings Examiner, which results in additional cost and time for the applicant. The amendments would apply to all properties within unincorporated Thurston County and urban growth areas.

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