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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, May 13, 2010
Jeremy Davis, Associate Planner, 360-754-3355 x 7010 or davisj@co.thurston.wa.us

Public Hearing Set Regarding Amendments to Thurston County Comprehensive Plan.

OLYMPIA -- The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a Public Hearing on May 27th regarding proposed changes to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan and the Tumwater/Thurston County Joint Plan.

The proposed amendments will affect the transportation element of the plan, as well as the land use and zoning of property in the southern unincorporated portion of the City of Tumwater's Urban Growth Area.

The southwest portion of the City of Tumwater Urban Growth Area has a number of unique environmental challenges that have been identified and studied. These include high groundwater flooding episodes in the Salmon Creek Basin, area wetlands and the presence of sensitive species. Potential amendments to Zoning and the Urban Growth Area boundary are being considered. Properties removed from the Urban Growth Area would be redesignated to a rural zoning designation. More information on the Tumwater Southwest UGA Resizing and Land Use Analysis project is available in the Permit Assistance Center located at the address below, or online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/tumwater-uga-analysis/index.htm.

The City of Tumwater adopted the Tumwater 2025 Transportation Plan in 2007. The City of Tumwater and Thurston County are seeking to include the plan as part of the Tumwater/Thurston County Joint Plan for the unincorporated portion of the City of Tumwater Urban Growth Area. More information is available online at www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/jointplanamendment/

Also under consideration is a site specific amendment to change the land use and zoning for property located at 3040 93rd Avenue SW from Single Family Low Density Residential to Light Industrial.

The public hearing will begin at 5:30 pm May 27th at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98502 in Room 152. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony. Please submit written testimony to Thurston County Planning, Attention: Jeremy Davis, until 4:00 P.M. on the 27th. More information is available in hard copy in the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center or online at http://www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/comp_plan/comp_plan_hearings.html



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3