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April 25th Public Hearing – Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on interim regulations for Marijuana Producers, Processors, and Retailers.
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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.

Public Hearing on Amending Impact Fee Ordinance

On April 25, 2017 at 3:00 P.M. or soon thereafter, the Board of County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on an amendment to the Impact Fee Ordinance (Title 25).


When the county adopted amendments to Title 25 Impact Fees in September 2016, authority to collect impact fees for fire districts was added, however, fire authorities were not included. Southeast Thurston Fire Authority has requested an amendment to add fire authorities.


  • Fire districts are governed by a different state law than fire authorities.
  • Fire districts are independent taxing districts governed by Title 52 RCW Fire Protection Districts.

Regional fire protection service authorities are an independent taxing district governed by Chapter 52.26 RCW.  They can be a group of two or more fire protection jurisdictions like a city or fire district.

The proposed amendments would authorize Thurston County to collect impact fees for fire authorities. The fees could only be collected after:

  • An interlocal agreement is signed by both Thurston County and the fire authority
  • The fire authority includes the impact fee calculations in their Capital Facilities Plan
  • The Board amends the Thurston County Impact Fee Schedule to add the fee

Proposed changes include:

  • Adding a cap on the number of medical marijuana state registered cooperatives permitted in the county.  The current proposal would allow up to ten cooperatives. This may increase or decrease after the public hearing as determined by the Board of County Commissioners.
  • Allow limited utilities such as wells and septic systems to encroach into the 100 foot residential zone setback.

The full text of the proposed amendments is available here.

Public Hearing Information:

Date: April 25, 2017
Time: 3:00 P.M., or soon thereafter
Location: Room 280, Building 1
Thurston County Courthouse Complex
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98501

Published Public Notice

Comments may be given at the hearing, mailed or sent via email. Please send email comments to Jeremy Davis at davisj@co.thurston.wa.us by 12:00 p.m. on April 25th. Please send mailed comments to:

Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner
Thurston County Resource Stewardship Department
C/O Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner
2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
Olympia, WA 98502

Mailed comments must arrive by April 25, 2017 at 12:00 P.M. If you have any questions, you can email Jeremy at the address above, or call (360) 754-3355 ext. 7010.

2016-2017 Official Development Code Docket

The 2016-17 Official Development Code Docket was approved by the Board of County Commissioners on March 9, 2016 and includes 19 proposed amendments. These requested changes may or may not be considered, depending on priorities of the Board of County Commissioners, and staffing availability. Amendments not completed by the end of 2017 will be included on the next preliminary docket, for 2018-19, unless otherwise directed by the Board of County Commissioners. The proposed amendments include:

  • A-1 Impact Fee Deferral Process and to add Fire Districts
  •  A-2 Amend Sign Codes Based on U.S. Supreme Court Decision
  •  A-3 Set Final Regulations for Marijuana Producers, Processors, and Retailers
  •  A-4 Fireworks ***Complete***
  •  A-5 Critical Areas Ordinance Revisions (Corrections and Technical Adjustments)
  •  A-6 Remove or Modify Building Size Limits in Rural 1/10 Zones for Public Facilities ***Complete***
  •  A-7 Wireless Communications Facilities
  •  A-8 TCC Appeals Procedure to Remove the Board from the Appeals Process
  •  A-9 Amend the UGA Zoning Codes for Urban Agriculture ***Complete***
  •  A-10 Better Define Personal Social Events and Events
  •  A-11 Permitted Child Care Centers
  •  A-12 Amend the Tumwater UGA and Rural Zoning Codes for the Airport Overlay
  •  A-13 Amend Impervious Surface Coverage in the Residential Sensitive Resource Zoning District in the Tumwater UGA
  •  A-14 Integrate Low Impact Development Standards ***Complete***
  •  A-15 Amend the Rural Zoning Ordinance to Amend Family Member Unit Regulations
  •  A-16 Rewrite the Boundary Line Adjustment Standards
  •  A-17 Manufactured Housing
  •  A-18 Miscellaneous Clerical Errors
  •  A-19 Amend the Planned Industrial Park District to Allow Prisons as a Special Use
  • A-20 Amend Zoning Ordinances to Add a Site Plan Review Process for Single Family and Address Vesting Issue

2014-2015 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

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2009-2010 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

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