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Development Code Docket

calendar and pen2018-19 Preliminary Development Code Docket Written Comment Period

Thurston County is proposing to create the 2018-19 Official Development Code Docket from items on the 2018-19 Preliminary Development Code Docket.  The county is seeking written comments on the proposals on the preliminary docket.  Prior to making a decision, the county must open a written comment period a minimum of 20 days on all proposed docket items.

The full text of the forty-six 2018-19 Preliminary Docket items are available here.

For a description of the docketing and code amendment process, please click here.

Residents of Thurston County and those who may be affected by the proposed regulatory changes at the county level are asked to review the proposals and provide written comments on whether the county should address these issues in 2018-19.  Written comments are due by 5 p.m., Friday, January 5, 2018.

After the public review period, the Board of County Commissioners (Board) will decide which items to add to the official docket, and in what priority staff should address them.  Items not placed on the official docket will either remain on the preliminary docket or be removed by the Board.

After docketing is decided, the selected items will be forwarded to the citizen review group, the Thurston County Planning Commission for their review.  Next, the Planning Commission and the Board will hold public hearings on the merits of the items on the docket, prior to adoption of any final regulations.

Comments may be sent via email to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner at davisj@co.thurston.wa.us, or by mail to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
C/O Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

The Official Docket of Development Code Amendments is a list of proposals for making changes to Thurston County’s development regulations. (The County also has a docket for changes to its Comprehensive Plan.)

The purpose of the docket is to provide information about potential changes to development regulations that the County is considering. The Board of County Commissioners chooses the topics from a “Preliminary Docket,” maintained year-round, and places them on an Official Docket, which is forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for proposal development and review. This docketing process is used to provide the public with information about and opportunities to participate in the amendment process.

This chart on the general docketing process shows how a preliminary docket becomes an official docket. 

2016-2017 Official Development Code Docket

The 2016-17 Official Development Code Docket was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on March 9, 2016 and includes 19 proposed amendments. These requested changes may or may not be considered, depending on priorities of the Board of County Commissioners, and staffing availability. Amendments not completed by the end of 2017 will be included on the next preliminary docket, for 2018-19, unless otherwise directed by the Board of County Commissioners. The proposed amendments include:

  • A-1 Impact Fee Deferral Process and to add Fire Districts  ***Complete***
  •  A-2 Amend Sign Codes Based on U.S. Supreme Court Decision
  •  A-3 Set Final Regulations for Marijuana Producers, Processors, and Retailers
  •  A-4 Fireworks ***Complete***
  •  A-5 Critical Areas Ordinance Revisions (Corrections and Technical Adjustments)
  •  A-6 Remove or Modify Building Size Limits in Rural 1/10 Zones for Public Facilities ***Complete***
  •  A-7 Wireless Communications Facilities
  •  A-8 TCC Appeals Procedure to Remove the Board from the Appeals Process
  •  A-9 Amend the UGA Zoning Codes for Urban Agriculture ***Complete***
  •  A-10 Better Define Personal Social Events and Events
  •  A-11 Permitted Child Care Centers
  •  A-12 Amend the Tumwater UGA and Rural Zoning Codes for the Airport Overlay
  •  A-13 Amend Impervious Surface Coverage in the Residential Sensitive Resource Zoning District in the Tumwater UGA  ***Complete*** (Ordinance No. 15500)
  •  A-14 Integrate Low Impact Development Standards ***Complete***
  •  A-15 Amend the Rural Zoning Ordinance to Amend Family Member Unit Regulations
  •  A-16 Rewrite the Boundary Line Adjustment Standards
  •  A-17 Manufactured Housing
  •  A-18 Miscellaneous Clerical Errors
  •  A-19 Amend the Planned Industrial Park District to Allow Prisons as a Special Use
  • A-20 Amend Zoning Ordinances to Add a Site Plan Review Process for Single Family and Address Vesting Issue

2014-2015 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

red arrow Also see Comprehensive Plan Docket

2009-2010 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

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Docket Facts

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