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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 30, 2015
LaBonita Bowmar, Clerk of the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners at
(360) 754-3355, x6308 or BowmarL@co.thurston.wa.us

Call for Applicants for Thurston County Planning Commission
District 3 member seat currently open

The Thurston County Board of County Commissioners is currently looking for Thurston County citizens who are interested in volunteering on the county's Planning Commission. There is one position on the volunteer board that is currently open for citizens that live in District 3, which includes the Summit Lake area, Tumwater, Littlerock, Grand Mound, Rochester, and other communities in west Thurston County.

The Thurston County Planning Commission is an advisory board that serves the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners. The Planning Commission reviews and makes recommendations on the county's land use codes, land development regulations, and comprehensive land use plans. This includes topics such as master plans, subarea plans, and zoning and subdivision ordinances. The county's Critical Areas Ordinance, Shoreline Master Program, and the annual Capital Facilities Plan update are just a few examples of the topics the Planning Commission considers. Staff from the county's Planning Division in the Resource Stewardship Department assist the Planning Commission members.

The Planning Commission holds its regular public meetings at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesdays of each month, and occasionally hosts public hearings. The nine members of the Planning Commission each serve six-year terms.

To learn more about the Thurston County Planning Commission and the vacant position for District 3, go to www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the "Planning Commission" tab. For questions about the Planning Commission and the vacant position, contact Andrew Deffobis, Associate Planner at DeffobA@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 786-5467.

The county is also seeking volunteers to fill vacancies for several other volunteer boards and commissions. To see a complete list of Thurston County boards and commissions and to learn more about all of the current vacancies and any requirements or qualifications, go to www.co.thurston.wa.us/bocc and click on the "Boards & Commissions" tab on the left hand side of the screen. For questions, contact LaBonita Bowmar, Clerk of the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners at BowmarL@co.thurston.wa.us or (360) 754-3355, x6308.



County Commissioners:

Carolina Mejia
District 1

Gary Edwards
District 2

Tye Menser
District 3