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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Contact:
Katie Knight Pruit, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at

Mar. 3 Hearing for New Land Use Enforcement Code
Public invited to comment on legislation that streamlines land use regulations

The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, March 3 to accept public testimony on a proposed new enforcement code. The new Title 26—Code Enforcement legislation consolidates the county's numerous land use code enforcement regulations into one title. If adopted,
Title 26—Code Enforcement will regulate land use code enforcement throughout unincorporated Thurston County.

The new enforcement code legislation was developed for the Board of County Commissioners with the goal of improving compliance efficiency and effectiveness. The consolidated and revised code would also add the authority to issue civil penalties to those who violate land use regulations in certain circumstances.

For more detailed information about the proposed Title 26—Code Enforcement legislation and to view the full text, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the "Development Code Docket."

Background:
In 2012, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to review the County land use compliance codes to identify areas where code amendments might be warranted. In short, the Board desired new code language that would increase compliance effectiveness and efficiency.

Proposed Title 26 takes land use enforcement requirements currently located in eleven different titles and consolidates them into one title. A unified enforcement code with enforcement processes and requirements in one place is more readily understandable by citizens and is a more focused reference for staff. It helps to ensure that compliance actions, regardless of the code violation, will be consistent.

WHAT: Public Hearing on Proposed Title 26—Code Enforcement

WHEN: Tuesday, Mar. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

WHERE: County Courthouse Building One, Room 280 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502


The public is invited to participate in an informed discussion, and testimony will be accepted at the March 3 hearing. Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Katie Knight Pruit, Associate Planner, at PruitK@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to:
  • Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
    Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Katie Knight Pruit
    2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
    Olympia, WA 98502

The deadline for written comments is 4 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3. Changes may be made to the legislation following the March 3 public hearing.



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County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3