Public comment sought on Thurston County’s proposed development regulation changes

Residents of unincorporated Thurston County, and others who may be affected, are being asked to review a list of proposed development regulation changes for 2016-17 and provide written comments.

Thurston County released the list of proposed development regulation changes for the 2016-17 year on its website.

After public review, the Thurston County Board of Commissioners will select items that will be forwarded to the Thurston County Planning Commission for review. Then the commission and the commissioners will hold public hearings on the merits of the approved items prior to adoption of any regulations.

Projects on the docket are separated into four tiers: Priority A, B, C and D. Subjects in the lower three tiers may not be addressed because of staff and budget constraints.

Priority A topics include amending the impact fee ordinance to add a deferral process and to add fire districts; amending sign regulations to conform to a recent Supreme Court decision; setting final regulations for state-licensed marijuana producers, processors and retailers; and considering more restrictions on fireworks.

To read the full list, go to the county’s website, www.thurstonplanning.org, and click on “2016-2017 Preliminary Docket of Developmental Code Amendments.”

Printed copies of the proposed docket are available at the County’s Permit Assistance Center, which is open 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Written comments can be sent by email to assistant planner Maya Buhler at buhlerm@co.thurston.wa.us or can be mailed to 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Written comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Nov. 13.

For more information, call 360-786-5578. Citizens with hearing impairments may call the TDD line at 360-754-2933.