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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.

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:
      PUBLIC HEARING SET: A public hearing has been set by the Board of County Commissioners on proposed changes to the interim regulations. The Board is proposing to prohibit producers and processors on properties in the rural area zoned Long Term Agriculture District (LTA) (Chapter 20.08A TCC), Nisqually Agriculture District (NA) (Chapter 20.08C TCC), and in the Lacey Urban Growth Area Agricultural District (Chapter 21.21 TCC). The Board is also proposing to add a minimum site size for residentially zoned properties of greater than five (5) acres for producers and processors, and add a minimum setback of 100 feet from residential zoning districts, and from property boundaries in residentially zoned areas. Exemptions from the setback requirements for existing buildings will also be removed. Pursuant to RCW 36.70A.390, a public hearing is required to amend interim regulations. The ordinance may be amended and renewed following the public hearing.
      Date: June 25, 2015
      Time: 3:30 P.M.
      Location: Room 280
      Thurston County Courthouse
      2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
      Olympia, WA 98502

      To see the proposed amendments, please click here.
      To see the public hearing notice, please click here.
    • Current interim Marijuana Regulations—Ordinance No. 15122
  • A-4: Proposed Amendments to Wetland Rating System
  • A-5: Remove or Modify Maximum Building Coverage Limits in Specific Rural Zones for Schools (Title 20)  
    • STATUS:
      PUBLIC HEARING SET: A public hearing has been set by the Planning Commission on the development code docket item A-5. This is a proposal to amend the Thurston County Rural Zoning Code, Title 20.  This proposal would amend subsection (3) of Thurston County Codes 20.09A.050, 20.09B.050 20.09C.050, and 20.09D.050 to grant academic schools an exemption from the maximum building coverage limits of 6,000 square feet on lots less than 10 acres in size and twenty thousand square feet for parcels over ten acres in size within the RRR 1/5, R 1/10, R 1/20 and UR 1/5 zoning districts of rural Thurston County.
      Date: July 15, 2015
      Time: 7:00 P.M.
      Location: Room 152
      Thurston County Courthouse
      2000 Lakeridge Dr. SW
      Olympia, WA 98502

      To see the proposed amendments, please click here.
      To see the public hearing notice, please click here.

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

Click here to read facts about the docket process.

Contact Us

Staff contact:
Katie Pruit, Associate Planner. Phone: (360) 754-3355, x6485 E-mail: pruitk@co.thurston.wa.us

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