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Nisqually Subarea Planning Update

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Public Open House
Date: March 3, 2018
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Location: Nisqually Youth & Community Center, Gymnasium
(1937 Lashi ST SE, Olympia, WA 98513)

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Project Manager:
Celinda Adair, Associate Planner
(360) 867-2087


The Nisqually Subarea is roughly 9,000 acres of rural lands in northeastern Thurston County. The subarea includes the Nisqually Indian Reservation, the Nisqually Wildlife Refuge, and a portion of the Joint Base Lewis McChord Military Reservation.

The Nisqually Subarea Plan is a land-use planning document that contains policies tailored to support the community’s vision and goals for the Nisqually area. The Nisqually Subarea Plan (NSAP) was adopted by Thurston County in 1992. It was developed through an extensive public engagement process with the community. This process focused on identifying the unique characteristics of the Nisqually area and balancing the different land-use interests represented.

Thurston County will be undertaking a project beginning in 2018 to update the Nisqually Subarea Plan in an effort to ensure the plan reflects the current community vision and goals for the area.

View the Information Sheet to learn more about this project.

Maps of the Nisqually Subarea:

Nisqually Subarea Large
Map of Nisqually Subarea
(Click for a larger PDF view)
Nisqually Subarea with Aerial Large
Map of Nisqually Subarea with Aerial Large
(Click for a larger PDF view)

What is a Subarea Plan?

Subarea Plans are long range plans dedicated to achieving the community’s vision and goals for a specific area of the County. Subarea Plans must align with the County’s over-arching land-use policies in the Comprehensive Plan but they may include more detailed analysis and policies to address the unique characteristics of a specific area.

Current Nisqually Subarea Plan

Nisqually Subarea Plan (1992)

Facts About the Nisqually Subarea Plan

  • The NSAP is actually part of the County’s Comprehensive Plan (the overarching land-use planning document that contains land-use policies and rules to guide land-use activities within the County).
  • The NSAP pre-dates the existing County-wide zoning ordinance, and many other current policies and regulations. Only minor amendments have been made to the NSAP since 1992.
  • The NSAP contains goals and policies relating to: rural character, water resources, wildlife resources, agricultural activities, commercial development, residential development, recreation, conservation programs, transportation, historic resources, the community planning process, and intergovernmental cooperation.


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