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Fact Sheets, Displays, Common Misconceptions

These fact sheets and informational displays were created during the Critical Areas Ordinance update process.  Please note that the Critical Areas Ordinance update was adopted by the Board of County Commissioners on July 24, 2012.  Click here to view the adopted ordinance.

  1. Key Things to Know About the CAO
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Buffers
  4. Nonconforming Uses

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NOTE: To see details on the maps featured below, zoom in to the areas of interest. If you would like to print zoomed in areas of interest, please follow these instructions.  Thurston County makes every effort to ensure that these maps are a true and accurate representation of the work of county government; however, the maps are not 100 percent accurate for every parcel. They do, however, provide information for residents interested in learning about land and how it's designated.


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Myths & Misconceptions


General Informationgirl splashing in the water


Geologically Hazardous Areas (marine bluffs, landslide areas, earthquakes)earthquake


Critical Aquifer Recharge Areasaquifer recharge


Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas - Backgroundbald eagle


Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas - Prairie and White Oak Protections


Fish and Wildlife Habitat Conservation Areas - Riparian (streams, shorelines, ponds)


Wetlandswetlands


Frequently Flooded Areasflooding


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