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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Olivia Terwilleger, (360) 754-3355 ext 7544

Thurston Commissioners Hold Hearing on Mineral Lands Ordinance

OLYMPIA – The Thurston County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Thursday April 22nd regarding proposed changes to the county’s mineral lands extraction regulations. The hearing will start at 5:30 in Room 280, Building One of the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502. The Board may take action at the conclusion of the hearing.

The public hearing is to accept comment on the possible adoption of updates to the Comprehensive Plan Chapter 3, natural resources. Specifically, this amendment changes the criteria for how property is designated as mineral lands of long term commercial significance, and the permitting of gravel mines. It addresses the minimum designation criteria such as set back standards, site size, and various environmental considerations. The permitting of asphalt plants was included in Ordinance No. 13030, but will be addressed by the Board at a later time. For information on the proposals, Contact Olivia Terwilleger, (360) 754-3355 ext 7544, by e-mail at terwilo@co.thurston.wa.us. Or visit: http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/prrd/prrd_home.htm.

Referenced ordinances and draft regulations are available at the Thurston County Resource Stewardship, Permit Assistance Center at the address below or online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/mineral_lands/mineral_lands_home.htm. Those wishing to testify should appear and be heard. Those who cannot attend the hearing can send written comments to the staff contact listed above by April 22, 2010, 4:00 P.M. by email or mail. (Mail address- Planning Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.)

Those needing special accommodations to participate in the hearing can call (360) 786-5489 by 10:00 a.m. at least three days prior to the meeting and ask for the ADA Coordinator. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at (360) 786-2933.


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3