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Growth Management Act Compliance

Yelm / Thurston County Joint Plan
Population Update


On July 28, 2008, the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board (Hearings Board) ruled that the City of Yelm Comprehensive Plan and Joint Plan with Thurston County did not comply with the Growth Management Act. Specifically, the Hearings Board found that the future population projections adopted with Resolution No. 13734 did not support the size of the City of Yelm Urban Growth Area.

Current StatusMount Rainier from Yelm

This amendment has been deferred until the seven year update. Please check back for updates if there is a change in this timeline.

Thurston County Planning Commission

On April 15, 2009 the Thurston County Planning Commission held a public hearing. Following the public hearing, the Planning Commission voted to forward the proposed amendment to the Board of County Commissioners with a recommendation of approval.

Proposed Amendment

The current population forecast numbers in the City of Yelm Comprehensive Plan and Joint Plan with Thurston County are not current. The proposed comprehensive plan amendment will bring the references to population in the plan up to date. They will be consistent with the future population projections adopted by Thurston County on March 3, 2008 with Resolution No. 14034 and Ordinance No. 14035. The resolution and ordinance include the population forecast and allocation data for the County through 2028.

The staff report and contents of the proposed amendment are below:

Amendment Schedule

March 16, 2009 – City of Yelm Planning Commission Public Hearing

April 1, 2009 – Thurston County Planning Commission Work Session

April 15, 2009 – Thurston County Planning Commission Public Hearing

Mid-May 2009 - City of Yelm Council Public Hearing

Early June 2009 – Thurston County Board of County Commissioners Public Hearing

Late June 2009 – Board of County Commissioners Decision

June 30, 2009 – Compliance Report Due

Background Timeline

 See background timeline page.

Contact Us

Interested Parties: If you would like to be added to our Web Mail list, please click here. Staff contact: Jeremy Davis Phone: (360) 754-3355, x7010 E-mail: davisj@co.thurston.wa.us.

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