Official Docket of Development Code Amendments
The 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
proposal development and review. This docketing process is used to
provide the public with information about and opportunities to
participate in the amendment process.
on the general docketing
process shows how a preliminary docket becomes an official docket.
2016-2017 Preliminary Docket of Development Code Amendments
- A-2: Sign Code amendment
- STATUS: The Thurston County Planning Commission will conduct
a Public Hearing on December 7, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., in Room 152,
of Building #1 at the Thurston County Courthouse Complex, 2000
Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. The purpose of the
hearing is to accept public input on the proposed amendments to
the Thurston County Codes regulating signs in unincorporated
Thurston County. Comments will be accepted until 4:00 p.m.,
December 7th, and may be submitted by hand, or by mail to the
Resource Stewardship Department at the street address noted
above. Comments may also be submitted by email to Kraig Chalem
Click here for more
information about Sign Code Amendment. Materials submitted
by the planning department can be found under ‘News and Links’.
NEXT STEPS: At the close of the public hearing, the Planning
Commission may choose to recommend the Board of County
Commissioners adopt the proposed amendments, modify the
proposal, or request staff provide additional information for
consideration and schedule a work session.
- RECENT ACTIVITY:
- On June 1, 2016, the Thurston County
Planning Commission received their initial briefing from staff
regarding amendment of the four sign codes serving
unincorporated Thurston County.
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
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 Board of County Commissioners will
hold a public hearing on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 3:00
p.m. to accept public testimony on extending the interim
zoning regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers,
processors and retailers. Comments may be submitted by hand,
or by mail to the Resource Stewardship Department, 2000
Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, Washington, 98502. They may
also be submitted by email to Kraig Chalem at:
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: At the close of the public hearing, the
Board may choose to adopt the proposed interim regulations,
modify the proposal, or request staff provide additional
- 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,
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.
- February 3rd, on behalf of the Board of
Commissioners, staff presented marijuana operation
specific topics that they would like the Commissioners
to consider in their deliberations.
- February 17th, a public hearing was
conducted; 23 members of the public testified. In
addition, information was provided by representatives of
the Olympic Regional Clean Air Agency, and the
Washington State Department of Health. These
discussions and the public testimony may be heard online
at the Thurston County Planning Commission website under “Minutes
- March 2, 2016, the staff provided written and oral
responses to questions received from the Planning
Commission at the previous meeting.
- April 20, 2016, Planning Commission reviewed a
comprehensive final draft of proposed permanent
regulations for unincorporated Thurston County and the
Urban Growth Areas for the cities of Tumwater, Lacey,
- May 10, 2016, The Board of Commissioners approved to
extend the interim marijuana regulations for another six
months, and are now set to expire on November 10, 2016.
There were no changes to these standards.
- In June the Planning Commission voted unanimously to
recommend to the Board of County Commissioners their
- In July the Board of County Commissioners received
an initial briefing, and received the Planning
- A Public Hearing was held September 20, 2016 at 5:30
p.m., to take public testimony on a proposal to:
permanently adopt zoning standards regulating
state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and
retailers; that buildings over 8,000 square feet
associated with marijuana operations would be subject to
SEPA environmental review; and, to amend Chapter 20.54,
to add special use standards for Marijuana Producers
permitted to operate in certain zoning districts subject
to Administrative and Quasi-judicial approval.
- A-4: Proposed Amendments to Wetland Rating System
- STATUS: A
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
Proposed Amendments to Wetlands Chapter
May 10, 2016, The Board of Commissioners approved
Ordinance No. 15291 amending the Wetland Chapter of the
Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance, Chapter 24.30, of
the Thurston County Code. Chapter 24.30 TCC includes
standards for wetland mitigation, buffers, and wetland
categorization. The amendments do not change any regulations
in the Agricultural Activities Critical Areas Ordinance
(Chapter 17.15 TCC). The updates amend Chapter 24.30 TCC to
adopt changes related to updated terminology and new wetland
function scoring methodology, included in Ecology’s updated
2014 Wetland Rating System for Western Washington. Thurston
County Code (Section 24.30.025 TCC) requires the use of the
most recent version of Ecology’s wetland rating system.
Modify Maximum Building Coverage Limits in Specific Rural Zones for
Schools (Title 20)
- A-7: Amend the UGA Zoning Codes for Urban Agriculture
- STATUS: On Tuesday, June 7, The Thurston County Board of
Ordinance No. 15304 amending the Lacey, Olympia, and
Tumwater Urban Growth Area (UGA) zoning codes in regards to
urban agricultural activities. The amendment includes
additional chapters for urban agriculture in Title 21,
Zoning Ordinance for the Lacey Urban Growth Area; Title 22,
Tumwater UGA Zoning Ordinance; and Title 23, Olympia UGA
Zoning Ordinance. This proposed County Code update is
intended to encourage more urban agricultural activities and
increase clarity and consistency in regulations between the
Lacey, Olympia and Tumwater UGAs and their respective
municipalities. The changes to the UGA zoning codes for
urban agriculture incorporate input and recommendations from
citizens, experts in the field, the Thurston County
Agricultural Advisory Committee, Code Enforcement, Public
Health and Social Services, and the Planning Commission.
Proposed Amendments for Urban Agriculture in the UGAs
Planning Commission Letter of Recommendation
- A-10: Personal Social Events Amendment
STATUS: On December 7, 2016, the Thurston County Planning Commission will receive a briefing from staff regarding amendment
of the temporary use section of the rural codes regulating “Personal Social Events”. The ‘Planning Commission staff report
and attachments’ can be found from the Agenda on the
Planning Commission webpage under News and Links.
Click here for more
information about ‘Personal and Social Events’ Amendment.
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
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.
Also see Comprehensive Plan
2009-2010 Official Docket of Development Code Amendments
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