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Project Manager:
Maya Teeple,
Associate Planner

Mineral Resource Lands

The Growth Management Act (GMA) requires counties to designate mineral resource lands (RCW 36.70A.060). In the past, Thurston County’s mapped mineral lands only included existing mining locations, but going forward, the County is required to map mineral lands more broadly, based on underlying geology.

In May-August of 2017, Thurston County prepared a county-wide inventory and classification of mineral lands as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update. The County is currently considering designation criteria to identify where mineral resource lands are compatible with existing land use patterns and other criteria. The County will establish policies that ensure future land use will be compatible with mineral extraction in designated areas. There will be opportunities for public input regarding designation criteria and policies in the upcoming year. Final decisions about mineral lands polices and designation map will be part of the overall Comprehensive Plan Update, in 2018.


Contact for Mineral Lands Inventory:
Maya Teeple, Thurston County Associate Planner
Maya.Teeple.co.thurston.wa.us or 360-754-3355 x5578.


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