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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, June 15, 2012
Contact:
Olivia Story, Assistant Planner, 360-754-3355 x 5477

June 20 Public Hearing on Asphalt Plants


The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing regarding Asphalt Plants.

Currently, asphalt plants are considered an "accessory use" to mineral extraction sites. The purpose of the hearing is to accept public comment on regulations relating to the permitting of new asphalt plants and establishing asphalt plants as a primary use separate from a mineral extraction operation. Changes are proposed to the Mineral Extraction Code (Chapters 17.20 TCC), to the special use permit chapter (Chapter 20.54 TCC), and other sections of the Thurston County (Rural) Zoning Ordinance (Title 20).

The Public Hearing will be at the following time and location:

  • Time: 7 p.m.
  • Date: Wednesday, June 20, 2012
  • Location: In Room 280 at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, Building 1, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502

    Background

    In August 2007, Thurston County Board of Commissioners established an Asphalt Advisory Task Force (AATF) of citizens, agency and industry representatives to study and make recommendations regarding the siting and permitting of asphalt plants in Thurston County. This Task Force was appointed to build upon the work of the Mineral Lands Task Force (MLTF) appointed in October, 2003. Interim Ordinance No. 13030 was established to prohibit the designation of new mineral lands, the permitting of new gravel mining operations, and the permitting of new asphalt plants. This interim ordinance was established as the county reviewed the designated mineral lands of long term commercial significance as part of a seven-year review of the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan, as required by the WA State Growth Management Act (RCW 36.70A.050).

    The Planning Commission reviewed the AATF recommendation, as well as documents and presentations given by staff. They will be taking testimony at the hearing, and will go into a work session immediately following the close of the hearing. A recommendation may be given that evening, or at a later work session.

    More information is available at the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center at the County Courthouse or online at www.thurstonplanning.org, or by contacting Olivia Story at storyo@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 ext. 5477. To receive project updates and hearing notices, please sign up for the Planning Department's webmail by visiting the Planning Department website and clicking the "Web Mail" link at the top navigation bar.

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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3