Public comment open for county’s emergency housing ordinance, rezoning of 390 rural acres

Land near Maytown would be re-zoned from rural residential to "rural resource industrial"

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Two items are up for consideration to be added to the Thurston County Development Code Docket, including the rezoning of some rural land and making permanent changes to how homeless encampments are regulated.

Items on the County Development Code Docket aren’t automatically approved by the county commissioners. Rather, they’ll be subject to legal analysis, environmental review and other necessary governmental processes.

One of the items would make permanent an emergency housing ordinance which has been in effect since 2019, waiving many of the permitting requirements for homeless camps. The other would change the zoning use of 390 acres near the Maytown and Interstate 5 interchange from rural residential to rural resource industrial.

Members of the public may write in their comments on either of these items through 5 p.m. March 19.  Comments can be sent to Senior Planner Maya Teeple at maya.teeple@co.thurston.wa.us or by mail to Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development Department C/O Maya Teeple, Senior Planner, 2000 Lakeridge Dr SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

The items can be looked over in detail here: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/planning/planningdocuments/2020-2021Mid-CycleDocketAmendments.pdf

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