Thurston County is updating its existing Critical Areas Ordinance, which took effect in 1994. The ordinance governs how development and redevelopment can occur on or near environmentally sensitive lands and lands that affect our community’s public health and safety (such as steep slopes and flood plains). This document summarizes how proposed amendments would affect “nonconforming uses.”
Please be aware that the Board of County Commissioners is currently reviewing the draft Critical Areas Ordinance. The Board will consider all public testimony receive at its public hearing. To see draft chapters and fact sheets, visit www.ThurstonPlanning.org and click on the “Critical Areas Update” photo box.