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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner at (360) 754-3355 x 7010

Two County Land Use Hearings on Oct 23

The Thurston Board of County Commissioners will hold two public hearings on Wednesday, October 23 beginning at 6 p.m. The first hearing will be on the renewal of the interim development regulations for the Ken Lake area, and the second hearing will be on proposed amendments to the county's Critical Areas Ordinance.

Ken Lake interim development regulations
The Board of County Commissioners is accepting public comment on the renewal of Ordinance No. 14443, which established interim development regulations for the unincorporated area in the Olympia Urban Growth Area northwest of Ken Lake. These regulations changed the zoning from Residential Four Units per Acre to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre, and adjusted impervious surface standards due to groundwater and flooding concerns in the Ken Lake Basin.

For more information on the Ken Lake interim development regulations, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/kenlake/kenlake-home.html.

Critical Areas Ordinance amendments
The Board of County Commissioners is accepting public comment on proposed amendments to the county's updated Critical Areas Ordinance and the recommendations of the Planning Commission. If adopted, the amendments would modify the critical areas regulations for agricultural activities, and amendments to address some issues that arose during the implementation of the new regulations over the last year.

For more information on the proposed amendments to the Critical Areas Ordinance, including the full staff report on the Planning Commission recommendations, visit www.co.thurston.wa.us/planning/critical_areas/criticalareas_home.htm.

Hard copies of reference documents and zoning information are available for the public to review at the county's Permit Assistance Center on the second floor of Building One at the county courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia.

The two land use public hearings will be in Room 280 of Building One at the county courthouse. For those unable to attend the hearing to testify, written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23. Please send any written comments to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner via email at DavisJ@co.thurston.wa.us, or mail them to Thurston County Planning Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

WHAT: Two County Land Use Public Hearings
- Ken Lake interim regulations
- Critical Areas Ordinance amendments

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.

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



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3