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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, August 30, 2013
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner at (360) 754-3355 x7010

Two Planning Commission Public Hearings on Sept. 4

The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, September 4 starting at
7 p.m. The hearings are on changes to the Rainier Urban Growth Area and the Agricultural Overlay District.

The first public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to the City of Rainier Comprehensive Plan and Joint Plan with Thurston County and the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan to amend the Urban Growth Area boundary to add a one (1) acre property located at 12506 133rd Ave SE, and to designate the property on the future zoning map in the joint plan to Public/Public Facilities. The existing zoning will remain as Rural Residential/Resource One Unit per Five Acres until it the property is annexed by the City of Rainier.

The second public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to the Agritourism Overlay District (AOD) Chapter 20.08G TCC. The proposed amendment will change the boundary of the overlay district to include more properties in the AOD, and will also include text amendments to add art tourism, lower the parking standards for country inns, and other related amendments. The expansion will increase the size of the AOD by approximately 15 percent to include all lands designated as Long Term Agriculture.

Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the September 4 hearings. Please send written comments to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner at DavisJ@co.thurston.wa.us, or mail them to Thurston County Planning Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4. More information is available in hard copy in the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center or online at www.thurstonplanning.org.

WHAT: Planning Commission Public Hearings--
Rainier Urban Growth Area & Agricultural Overlay District

Wednesday, Sept. 4--doors open at 6 p.m., hearing begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: Room 280, Building One of County Courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia

The Thurston County Planning Commission holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The regular meetings are held at the County Courthouse complex in Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please visit www.thurstonplanning.org for meeting agendas and packets.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3