OLYMPIA - The Thurston County Commission will hold a public hearing today about renewing interim prairie regulations for six months.
The hearing, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in Room 152, Building 1 of the Thurston County Courthouse at 2000 Lakeridge Drive S.W., involves temporary regulations adopted in July 2009 to “protect prairies and oak woodlands until permanent regulations could be brought forward with the critical areas update,” according to the county.
Amendments to the ordinance last year excluded certain soils, exempted small lots that contain prairie soil but not prairie habitat and required a habitat-management plan for industrial and commercial uses that’s consistent with other uses in the critical-areas ordinance.
Draft sections of the county’s long-awaited critical-areas ordinance were released during a county planning commission meeting Wednesday night, planning director Scott Clark said. They involved non-conforming uses, subdivisions and enforcement.
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The commission will discuss those sections during its next meeting, set for Feb. 2, Clark said.
They also will get a first look at chapters under draft or being reviewed by legal staff.
Buffers or setbacks, whether for environmental or safety reasons, have been one of the most discussed changes in the proposed ordinance update. The section discussing setbacks has not been released.
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