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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, November 21, 2022
Contact:
Leah Davis, Associate Planner, Community Planning and Economic Development, (360) 786-5582 or email at Leah.Davis@co.thurston.wa.us

Thurston County and City of Olympia Planning Commissions to Hold Public Hearing on Olympia Joint Plan Update
The public is invited to comment on proposed changes

​OLYMPIA –The Thurston County and City of Olympia Planning Commissions will hold a joint public hearing Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. to receive public testimony on a proposal to update the Olympia Joint Plan. Those wishing to testify can provide their comments in person at Building 1, Room 280 of the Thurston County Courthouse (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia), or virtually via video conference.

You can sign up for virtual attendance on the Planning Commission webpage. A link will be available a week before the meeting at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx

What: Joint Planning Commission Public Hearing for Olympia Joint Plan
Where: Building 1, Room 280 of the Thurston County Courthouse (2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, or by video conference at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx
When: Wednesday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. or soon thereafter

Attend in person or virtually: those wishing to testify should appear in person at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Building 1, Room 280 or attend virtually. A link on the Planning Commission agenda webpage will be available a week before the meeting at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/pc-meetings.aspx

Written Comments: If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you can submit written comments to Leah Davis, Associate Planner, at Leah.Davis@co.thurston.wa.us no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. 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
The Growth Management Act requires counties and cities to adopt joint plans that guide development in the Urban Growth Areas, or UGAs. The Olympia Joint Plan was last updated in 2003, with minor updates since. This update will include new goals and policy language and minor corrections to the future land use and zoning maps. Additionally, a citizen-requested zoning amendment is considered as part of this update or code amendment to TCC 23.05 in lieu of a zone change.

The proposed amendments include revised background information, updated goals and policy language, updated population, and land forecasts, and one site-specific land-use zoning amendment or text amendment to TCC 23.05. You can view the proposed joint plan draft online at: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/Pages/comp-plan-joint-plans.aspx

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