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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.

Amendment to 2016-2017 Official Development Code Docket

Thurston County is proposing to amend the “2016-17 Docket of Official Development Code Amendments”, originally adopted on March 9, 2016, by adding an item to address impervious surface standards in the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area. The proposed docket item would include reconsideration of impervious surface coverage limits in the Residential Sensitive Resource zoning district adopted on November 29, 2016.

The full text of the proposal is available here.

Residents of the unincorporated Tumwater Urban Growth Area in Thurston County and those who may be affected by the proposed regulatory changes at the county level are asked to review the proposal and provided comments on whether the county should address this issue in 2017. Written comments are due by 12p.m., Thursday, March 2, 2017. The proposal would be added as item A-13 on the official docket

After the public review period, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) will decide whether to add this item to the official docket. After, the item will be forwarded to the citizen review group, the Thurston County Planning Commission for their review. Next, the Planning Commission and the BOCC will hold public hearings on the merits of the items on the docket, prior to adoption of any final regulations.

Comments may be sent via email to Jeremy Davis, Senior Planner at davisj@co.thurston.wa.us

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

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
  • 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-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

red arrow Also see Comprehensive Plan Docket

2009-2010 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments

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Docket Facts

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