Comprehensive Plan is a policy document that describes the community’s
long-term vision for Thurston County, looking ahead to set direction for
accommodating growth in the coming decades. It contains common goals
that guide development within the county, and addresses state Growth
Management requirements related to urban growth, housing, economic
development, environmental protection, property rights, historic
preservation, and more. It also includes specific policies and actions
needed to achieve those goals. The Comprehensive Plan provides a
framework for zoning and other development regulations in the county.
The Comprehensive Plan is made up of several pieces:
- The main
Comprehensive Plan focuses on unincorporated Thurston County, those
rural areas inside the County, but outside of the cities and the urban
growth areas that surround cities. The Comprehensive Plan includes
chapters focusing on land use, natural resources, housing,
transportation, utilities, and more.
- Chapter 6 of the Comprehensive Plan includes the
Capital Facilities Plan, a detailed list of projects planned over
the next six years to support growth and the goals of the Comprehensive
Plan. The Capital Facilities Plan is updated annually.
- Three Subarea Plans address growth in the communities of the Nisqually
Valley, Rochester and Grand Mound.
- Joint Plans with the cities of Bucoda, Lacey, Olympia, Rainier, Tenino,
Tumwater and Yelm guide land use in the unincorporated county areas
between city limits and urban growth area boundaries. Joint Plans are
adopted by both the specific city and the County.
- Development regulations in the county are required to be consistent with
the Comprehensive Plan. These include regulations related to zoning
standards, subdivisions, open space, and
Thurston County is currently conducting a periodic update of its
Comprehensive Plan. The last major update to the Comprehensive Plan was
Outside of the periodic update, any interested citizen can request
changes to the Comprehensive Plan using the
annual docket process.
Past amendments are archived here.
Here are links to various plans: