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Project Manager:
Maya Teeple,
Associate Planner

Mineral Resource Lands Inventory & Designation

As the first step of the Mineral Resource Lands update, Thurston County prepared a county-wide inventory and classification of mineral lands as part of the Comprehensive Plan Update. The inventory and classification is used to identify priority areas where high quality mineral resources are available. These areas are classified based on the quality and quantity of the potential resource. Once finalized, the inventory map and classification table will be the technical basis for policies to manage mineral resource lands in the Comprehensive Plan.

The designation process uses the inventory and classification map to identify priority areas where high quality mineral resources are available and compatible with existing land use patterns and other criteria. For example, areas that already have higher density residential uses are likely not compatible with mineral resource extraction. 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. These policy decisions will be considered in the update to the Comprehensive Plan, in 2018. Final decisions about mineral lands polices and designation map will be part of the overall Comprehensive Plan Update.


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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