Growth Management

Regional Projects
 


Thurston Regional Planning Council works on regional interjurisdictional projects and programs that explore and take action on both required and optional elements of the State Growth Management Act. These include:  
      
  • Amending Urban Growth Areas — Urban Growth Areas are the areas designated to be annexed into city limits over 20 years’ time to accommodate urban growth.
  • County Wide Planning Policies — County Wide Planning Policies are the framework for developing and adopting city and county Comprehensive Plans. County Wide Planning Policies are a Growth Management Act requirement. 
  • Buildable Lands Report — A Growth Management Act monitoring requirement to ensure that there is adequate land in urban areas to meet expected growth.
  • Regional Benchmarks — A report to track progress towards meeting the goals of the Growth Management Act.
  • Population and Employment Forecast — A 20-30 year forecast integral to many planning efforts including Comprehensive Plan updates, the Buildable Lands Report, and the Regional Transportation Plan.

The Urban Growth Management Subcommittee is responsible for reviewing changes to the County Wide Planning Policies and Urban Growth Areas and making recommendations to the Thurston County Board of Commissioners.

Key Dates in Recent Growth Management Planning in Thurston County

1983

First Urban Growth Area Boundary interjurisdictional agreement adopted

1988

Revised Urban Growth Area Boundary interjurisdictional agreement adopted

1990

State Growth Management Act (GMA) passage

1990

County passes interim downzone of 1 unit per 5 acres in most of rural area

1992

County Wide Planning Policies adopted

1993

First post-GMA Regional Transportation Plan adopted

1994-95

GMA Comprehensive Plan amendments adopted by jurisdictions

1995-96

GMA implementing development regulations adopted by jurisdictions

1997

“Buildable Lands” amendments to GMA passed

1998

Regional Transportation Plan updated

2002

First Buildable Lands Report completed

2004

GMA Comprehensive Plan updates

2007

County passes rural rezone

2016

GMA Comprehensive Plan updates due