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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, March 5, 2015
Katie Knight Pruit, Associate Planner-Resource Stewardship Dept. at PruitK@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355 x6485

Comment Period Extended on Enforcement Code Legislation
New deadline for comments on Title 26 legislation is Mar. 13

At the close of a public hearing on Tuesday, March 3, the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners announced an extension of the public comment period for the proposed Title 26—Code Enforcement legislation to Friday, March 13.

The Title 26—Code Enforcement legislation consolidates the county's numerous land use code enforcement regulations into one title. If adopted, Title 26 will be the unified primary source for regulating land use code enforcement throughout unincorporated Thurston County.

The proposed Title 26 enforcement code legislation was developed for the Board of County Commissioners with the goal of improving compliance efficiency and effectiveness.

In 2012, the Board of County Commissioners directed staff to review the county's 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 all or portions of 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.

The consolidated and revised code would also transfer the authority to issue civil penalties for land use violations to the Resource Stewardship Department, and create an administrative hearing process for civil penalty appeals—civil penalties are currently issued by other county departments.

Written comments on the Title 26—Enforcement Code legislation will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13. 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

Comments that are submitted before 5 p.m. on Friday, March 13 will be included in the public record, along with the comments received at the March 3 public hearing and prior to the hearing. County commissioners are scheduled to hear a briefing about the Title 26 legislation and the public comments on Wednesday, March 18.

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."


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3