Thurston County Planning Commission sets 3 public hearings

lpemberton@theolympian.comJanuary 15, 2014 

The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold three public hearings starting at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Building One of the Courthouse, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia.

The hearings are for:

 • A proposed amendment to change the land use and zoning for about 106 acres northwest of Ken Lake, an area that is part of the city of Olympia’s Urban Growth Boundary.

The commission wants to change the area from Residential-4 (which allows four units per acre) to a residential low impact zone, which allows two to four units per acre.

“There were environmental concerns in the area, so there was a moratorium that was put in place for the subdivision,” said Christy Osborn, an associate planner with the county.

 • A proposed amendment to the comprehensive plan land use map and the zoning map to designate 188.5 acres from rural residential/resource, one unit per five acres, to long-term agriculture, which allows one unit per 20 acres. This area is known as the Schader Crown Ranch, near Yelm.

 • A proposed amendment to remove from the comprehensive plan the term “quasi-judicial.”

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