Dividing property into smaller lots is typically the first step in the development process. In Thurston County, there are 3 main types of subdivision:
Large lot subdivisions divide a property into 2 or more lots, all of which are larger than 5 acres in size, but smaller than 40 acres in size. These subdivisions occur only in unincorporated portions of Thurston County.
Short plat subdivisions which create a small number of lots or lack the need for new public streets or other facilities, can be approved in an expedited manner. Lots must be smaller than 5 acres in size.
Long plat subdivisions constitute a major division of land and require a more extensive review.
The number of new residential lots created through large lot, short plat and long plat subdivisions in Thurston County remains far below historic norms. In 2016, 676 new lots were created, below a high of 3,266 in 2006.
Over a quarter of new lots created in 2016 were in Lacey and over a half of new lots created were in unincorporated Thurston County.