Three Planning Commission Hearings Jan. 15

Thurston County - Public comment taken on Ken Lake, Schader Crown Ranch, county’s Comprehensive Plan. The Thurston County Planning Commission will hold three public hearings on Wednesday, January 15 starting at 7 p.m. The hearings are on proposed land use plan map changes for the Ken Lake area, the Schader Crown Ranch Long-Term Agriculture reconsideration, and on Comprehensive Plan amendment methods.

Ken Lake Land Use Map Changes
The first public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to change the land use and zoning for approximately 106 acres located in an unincorporated area of the Urban Growth Boundary for the City of Olympia in an area northwest of Ken Lake. The land use and zoning would change from Residential Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (R-4) to Residential Low Impact Two to Four Units per Acre TCC 23.04 (RLI-2-4) or other appropriate land use and zoning district.

Schader Crown Ranch Long-Term Agricultural Use
The second public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map and amend the Official Zoning Map to change the designated land use of 188.5 acres from rural Residential/Resource One Unit per Five Acres (RRR 1/5) to Long-Term Agriculture (LTA). The proposal will also include consideration of the inclusion of text language in the Thurston County Comprehensive Plan for agricultural soil types to Chapter Three, Natural Resource Lands, Agricultural Soil Types.

Comprehensive Plan Amendment Methods
The third public hearing will be on a proposed amendment to remove the language in the Comprehensive Plan referring to the term “quasi-judicial” and amend the associated development code to be consistent with this, and with changes enacted in 2011 to Chapter 2.05 TCC.

Written comments may be submitted in lieu of testimony at the January 15 hearings. Please send written comments to Christy Osborn, Associate Planner at

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, or mail them to Thurston County Planning Department, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Written comments will be accepted until 4 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15. More information is available in hard copy in the Thurston County Permit Assistance Center or online at www.thurstonplanning.org.

WHAT: Planning Commission Public Hearings
• Ken Lake land use map changes
• Schader Crown Ranch Long-Term Agricultural reconsideration
• Comprehensive Plan amendment methods

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 15—doors open at 6 p.m., hearing begins at 7 p.m.

WHERE: County Courthouse Building One, Room 152 at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia

The Thurston County Planning Commission holds regular meetings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 p.m. The regular meetings are held at the County Courthouse complex in Building One at 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW in Olympia. Meeting dates and locations are subject to change. Please visit www.thurstonplanning.org for meeting agendas and packets.

January 9, 2013