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Thurston County Comprehensive Plan

Chapter 6: Capital Facilities Plan

The Capital Facilities Plan (CFP) is a six-year plan of capital projects with estimated dates and costs, and proposed methods of financing. The Plan is reviewed and updated annually.

Capital facilities are the facilities needed to support growth. They include roads, bridges, sewers, parks and open spaces, and facilities for drinking water, stormwater, garbage disposal and recycling, and all the government buildings, which house public services.

The Growth Management Act requires the CFP, Chapter 6 of the County's Comprehensive Plan, to identify specific facilities, include a realistic financing plan, and make adjustments to the plan if funding is inadequate. Capital facilities are important because they support the growth envisioned in the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

photo of roads and parksPlanning for capital facilities is a complex task carried out by each department of the County and is the product of separate but coordinated planning efforts, each department focusing on a specific type of facilities.

Financial planning and implementation of capital facilities cannot be effectively carried out on an annual basis, since financing often requires multi-year commitments of financial resources. Therefore, this plan is long-range in scope. The CFP assumes receipt of outside grant resources, and if grants are not received, projects may be delayed or removed. The CFP is a planning document; not a budget for expenditures, nor a guarantee that the projects will be implemented. Each capital project listed in the CFP will need to go through a separate future approval and environmental review process.

The Supplement to the Draft Capital Facilities Plan describes in more detail each of the capital projects included in the CFP, the basis for selecting projects, criteria used is setting priorities, and the capital project list by priority.


red arrowDRAFT Supplement to Capital Facilities Plan Proposed for 2013-2018   (PDF 8.8MB)

red arrowADOPTED Capital Facilities Plan 2013-2018    (PDF 460KB)


2014-2019 Capital Facilities Plan Update

Thurston County is currently in the process of updating its CFP for 2014-2019.  It is the intent of the county to adopt this update with the annyal county budget in November 2013.  The draft is currently undergoing review by the Planning Commission and the Board of County Commissioners.


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Interested Parties: If you would like to be added to our Web Mail list, please click here. Staff contact: Scott Clark, Planning Department Director. Phone: (360) 709-3005  E-mail: clarks@co.thurston.wa.us