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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 13, 2015
Cami Petersen, Land Use Clerk at (360) 754-3355 ext. 6348

Oak Preserve Hearing Mar. 23
Public comment period begins at 1 p.m. on Mar. 24

The Thurston County Hearing Examiner will hold a hearing at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 23 regarding the proposed Oak Preserve housing development that would be built just outside of Lacey. The hearing will begin with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) appeals, with the hearing regarding the PLAT beginning immediately after the SEPA section has concluded. The issues of the SEPA appeal are traffic impacts and requirements for cleanup of potential soil contamination.

The proposed Oak Preserve housing development would subdivide approximately 258.5 acres into 1037 single-family residential lots and 44 tracts to be used for storm water facilities, parks and recreation, oak grove preservation, open space, and landscaping. The proposed development is located east of the Lacey city limits, between Marvin Road SE and Highway 510. The underlying property includes a small wetland and about 70 acres of oak habitat.

The Oak Preserve hearing is open to the public to attend and observe. There will also be an opportunity to comment during the hearing. The period when members of the public can testify before the Hearing Examiner, will begin no earlier than 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 24. Those who wish to speak and submit comments are not required to attend the other portions of the hearing, but are welcome to attend any portion of the hearing.

The hearing may recess at any point on Monday, March 23 and reconvene on Tuesday, March 24 at a time determined by the Hearing Examiner that will be no later than 1 p.m. The Hearing Examiner may also choose to recess on Tuesday, March 24 and reconvene on Wednesday, March 25 if necessary.

Written comments will also be accepted as part of the record for the Oak Tree Preserve hearing. Written comments can be emailed to Cami Petersen, Land Use Clerk, at peterscs@co.thurston.wa.us, or mailed to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
Land Use and Permitting, ATTN: Cami Petersen
2000 Lakeridge Drive SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Written comments submitted via postal mail or email must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Friday, March 20. Written comments will also be accepted during the public comment portion of the hearing if they are submitted in person during the hearing. For questions about the Oak Preserve hearing or how to submit comments, please contact Cami Petersen via email or at (360) 754-3355 ext. 6348.

To learn more about the proposed Oak Preserve housing project, go to the Permitting and Land Use web page at www.co.thurston.wa.us/permitting/ and click on the "Mar. 23 Hearing: Oak Tree Preserve, LLC" link in the "News and Links" section on the right side of the page.

WHAT: Hearing Examiner Public Hearing: Proposed Oak Tree Preserve Housing Project

WHEN: Hearing begins Monday, Mar. 23 at 10 a.m.
•Public Comment begins no earlier than Tuesday, Mar. 24 at 1 p.m.

WHERE: Heritage Hall at the Thurston County Fairgrounds at 3054 Carpenter Road in Lacey, 98503


County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3