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Public Hearing on Tue, Oct. 27 on renewal and changes to the interim marijuana regulations. The hearing begins at 5:30 p.m. in Rm 280 in County Courthouse Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia, 98502.
See item A-3 below.

 Read the Frequently Asked Questions on Title 26 - code enforcement adopted February 23, 2016.

2014-2015 Official Development Code Docket

Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

calendar and penThe Official Docket of Development Code Amendments is a list of proposals for making changes to Thurston County’s development regulations. (The County also has a docket for changes to its Comprehensive Plan.)

The purpose of the docket is to provide information about potential changes to development regulations that the County is considering. The Board of County Commissioners chooses the topics from a “Preliminary Docket,” maintained year-round, and places them on an Official Docket, which is forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for proposal development and review. This docketing process is used to provide the public with information about and opportunities to participate in the amendment process.

This chart on the general docketing process shows how a preliminary docket becomes an official docket.

2016-2017 Preliminary Docket of Development Code Amendments

The 2016-17 Preliminary Docket of Development Code amendments is attached below for review. Prior to adopting an Official 2016-17 Development Code Docket, a minimum 20-day public comment period is required. The written public comment period will be from October 21, 2015 to November 13, 2015. A notice will be posted here, and published in The Olympian when the comment period begins.

Projects on the preliminary docket of development code amendments are prioritized into four tiers: Priority A, B, C and D.

Priority A: High Priority Amendments
Amendments mandated by the state to comply with the Growth Management Act or recent case law, as well as amendments needed to solve a significant issue as directed by the Board. These items would be taken up as staffing resources permit.

Priority B: Other High Priority Amendments
Amendments that are intended to address Board policy direction and/or respond to public interests that are not the highest priority. It is unlikely there will be staffing resources available to process these projects. They may be addressed throughout the year as part of a higher priority proposal, or as necessary to solve a pressing issue.

Priority C: Medium Priority Amendments
While important, it is unlikely that staffing resources will allow the processing of amendments at this priority level. These projects may be addressed throughout the year as part of another higher priority proposal, or as necessary to solve a pressing issue.

Priority D: Low Priority Amendments
As with Priority C projects, it is likely that staffing resources will limit the progression of these amendments through the adoption process. The Board may want to consider removing these items as it is unlikely staffing will be available to process these amendments.

If you have questions about individual items on the docket, please call Maya Buhler at (360) 786-5578 to be directed to the appropriate staff member for the proposed docket item.

If you would like to submit a comment by email, please send comments to Maya Buhler at buhlerm@co.thurston.wa.us.

Comments submitted by mail can be sent to:

Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
C/O Maya Buhler, Assistant Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr SW
Olympia, WA 98502

2014-2015 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

  • Official Docket of Development Code Amendments
  • A-1: Amend Appeal Procedures to Remove the Board from the Quasi-Judicial Review Process
  • A-2: Penalties and Enforcement
  • A-3: Marijuana Regulations 
    • STATUS: The Thurston County Planning Commission will conduct a work session on March 2, 2016, to receive additional information from staff and continue deliberations for making recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners with respect to proposed permanent zoning ordinance regulating state-licensed marijuana producers, processors, and retailers in unincorporated Thurston County.

      All materials submitted by the planning department can be found under ‘News and Links’.
      Click here for more information about Regulating Marijuana: Producer, Processors, and Retailers.
    • NEXT STEPS:  Planning Commissioners will recommend that the Board of County Commissioners adopt the regulations as proposed, or recommend adoption with suggested amendments.
    • RECENT ACTIVITY:
      • On January 5, 2016, a public hearing was held to receive testimony on proposed changes to Interim Ordinance No. 15122, which were adopted on November 10, 2015, extending Ordinance No. 14944 for an additional six months, and is now scheduled to expire on May 10, 2016.  The changes adopted in November, affected: public notice requirements, screening, setbacks, removed producers and processors from residential zones, modified minimum required lot size for outdoor grows, and clarified that any production area not fully enclosed in a permanent structure would be considered an outdoor operation.
      • On January 20, 2016, the Thurston County Planning Commission received a briefing from staff regarding marijuana regulations affecting unincorporated Thurston County.  County staff has recommended that the county's current interim regulations be made permanent and consistent with state laws that have been approved during the legislative sessions. The Commissioners made no changes to the staff report or attachments.  The Planning Commission moved to schedule a public hearing in order to receive public comments.
      • February 3rd, staff presented specific subjects to the Commission for consideration at the request of the Board.  Planning Commission Members requested that staff look into inviting other agencies to address questions specific to the expertise.
      • February 17th, staff invited Robert Moody, from the Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency, and Kristy Weeks, from the Washington State Department of Health.  Their responses to Planning Commissioner questions may be heard online at the Thurston County Planning Commission website under “Minutes & Audio”.  A public hearing was conducted; 23 members of the public testified.
  • A-4: Proposed Amendments to Wetland Rating System
    • STATUS: A public hearing has been set by the Thurston County Board of Commissioners for March 22, 2016 at 3pm in room 280 at Building 1 of the County Courthouse to take public comment on Development Code Docket A-4. Thurston County is in the process of updating the development codes for Chapter 24.30, the Wetlands chapter of the Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance, brought about by Ecology’s 2014 update to their document, Washington State Wetland Rating System for Western Washington.
    • Proposed Amendments to Wetlands Chapter
  • A-5: Modify Maximum Building Coverage Limits in Specific Rural Zones for Schools (Title 20)  
  • A-7: Amend the UGA Zoning Codes for Urban Agriculture 

Docket Priorities

Projects on the docket are prioritized into four groups.  The groups include:

Priority A, High Priority Amendments:  Amendments mandated by the state to comply with the Growth Management Act or recent case law, as well as amendments needed to solve a significant issue as directed by the Board.  These items would be taken up as staffing resources permit.

Priority B, Other High Priority Amendments:  Amendments that are intended to address Board policy direction and/or respond to public interests that are not the highest priority.  It is unlikely there will be staffing resources available to process these projects.  They may be addressed throughout the year as part of a higher priority proposal, or as necessary to solve a pressing issue.

Priority C, Medium Priority Amendments:  While necessary, it is unlikely that staffing resources will allow the processing of amendments at this priority level.  These projects may be addressed throughout the year as part of another higher priority proposal, or as necessary to solve a pressing issue.

Priority D, Low Priority Amendments:  As with Priority C projects, it is likely that staffing resources will limit the progression of these amendments through the adoption process.  These projects may be addressed throughout the year as part of another higher priority proposal, or as necessary to solve a pressing issue.

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2009-2010 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

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Docket Facts

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Contact Us

Staff contact:
Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner. Phone (360) 754-3355, x7010 E-mail: davisj@co.thurston.wa.us

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