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Boundary Review Board

The Role of the Boundary Review Board

The Boundary Review Board reviews proposals for boundary changes by cities, towns and special-purpose districts (such as fire districts) within Thurston County, including city or district annexations.

The Board must base its decisions on specific factors and objectives stated in the Boundary Review Board Act.  It can approve, modify and approve, or deny a proposal.  Its decisions are final unless appealed to the Superior Court of the county.

The Board is a quasi-judicial, administrative body.  This means it makes decisions following procedures like those of a court of law, but only in a narrow administrative role.  For example, after hearing sworn testimony from witnesses, the Board can decide on proposed new city boundaries (i.e., annexations).  They cannot decide what the zoning should be, or whether a site should be in or out of an urban growth area — zoning and urban growth area boundaries are under the authority of the cities and county.

Board members are residents of the county they serve.  The five members of the Thurston County Boundary Review Board serve for four-year terms.  Two members are appointed by the Governor, one by the mayors of the cities and towns in the county, one by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners, and one from nominees of the special purpose districts.  They are not allowed to hold other local government elected or appointed positions or jobs.

The Board employs a non-member through Thurston County to serve as the Chief Clerk.  The Thurston County Prosecutor's Office provides legal counsel.  

Regular meetings of the Thurston County Boundary Review Board are held on the fourth Tuesday of each month in Room 280, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502 . 

Current Proposals

Past Proposals

Meeting Information

Public Hearing Scheduled for August 25, 2015 on Proposed Changes to Rules of Procedure

The Thurston County Boundary Review Board proposes to amend their Rules of Procedure. Prior to amending the Rules of Procedure, the Boundary Review Board needs to notify affected parties and seek input on the proposed changes. The proposed rule changes will not affect current annexations that have already been submitted to the Boundary Review Board. The rule changes are to address the following:

  • Situations where the Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson or Chief Clerk are not appointed or available
  • Requiring a pre-submission conference prior to the submitting a Notice of Intention to the Boundary Review Board
  • Clarifying when the 45-day review clock starts
  • Clarifying the process for waiving the 45-day review period
  • Changing the regular meeting schedule to reflect current practices
  • Verification of citizen petitions to request review

A short explanation and the proposed rule changes are attached. The process for adopting and amending the Rules of Procedure is specified in RCW 36.93.200. The Boundary Review Board has scheduled a public hearing on the proposed rule changes to allow for oral testimony. Written comments can either be submitted by 5:00 P.M. by email or mail the day of the hearing, or brought to the hearing. Mailed comments must be received by the date of the public hearing.

August 25, 2015 Regularly Scheduled Meeting
The Thurston County Boundary Review Board will hold a regularly scheduled meeting on August 25, 2015.  A public hearing will be held during the meeting.  The information on the public hearing is below. The Board will also be holding a work session on the proposed Tumwater Eastside Annexation. The Thurston County Board of Commissioners has requested the Boundary Review Board review the proposed annexation.

Public Hearing Information:

Date & Time: August 25, 2015 at 6:30 P.M.
Location: Room 152, Building 1
Thurston County Courthouse Complex
Olympia, WA 98502


Contact Us

Jeremy Davis, Acting Chief Clerk (360) 754-3355 ext. 7010 davisj@co.thurston.wa.us


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