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Critical Areas Public Involvement Process Initial Feedback to Planning Commission Aquifer Recharge Flood Plains Important Habitat & Species Volcanic Lahar.

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1 Critical Areas Public Involvement Process Initial Feedback to Planning Commission Aquifer Recharge Flood Plains Important Habitat & Species Volcanic Lahar Marine Bluff and Landslides Prairie Protections Riparian Habitat Areas Wetlands Seismic Hazard Areas October 5 – Great Wolf Lodge October 7 – County Fair Grounds October 12 – Rainier Sportsman Club October 18 – County Courthouse 1

2 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Website: thurstonplanning.org – Virtual Open House – Webmail Postings of open houses Posting of meetings 416 subscribers as of today – Approximately 150 before Open Houses started. – Will post all questions received at Open Houses – Will post draft ordinance 2

3 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Web Exposure 1.League of Women Votes 2.Olympia Master Builders 3.Griffin Neighborhood Association 4.Thurston Association of Realtors 5.The Olympian 3

4 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process TCTV - Commissioner Interviews Run Dates: 9/24/ /22/2010 at 12:00 AM 10/22/2010 at 7:00 PM 10/23/2010 at 12:00 PM 10/24/2010 at 8:00 PM 10/29/2010 at 12:00 AM 10/29/2010 at 7:00 PM 10/30/2010 at 12:00 PM 10/31/2010 at 8:00 PM Prairies – Karen Valenzuela Overall Critical Areas – Cathy Wolfe Shorelines – Sandra Romero – Will post notices of Public Hearings 4

5 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Outreach to Local Interest Groups 1.Olympia Master Builders 2.Thurston Association of Realtors 3.Thurston Agriculture Committee 4.Thurston Conservation District 5.LOTT 6.Department of Ecology 7.Black Hills Audubon Society 8.Deschutes TMDL Advisory Group 9.Nisqually Shellfish Protection District 10.Thurston Storm and Surface Water Advisory Board 11.United States Fish and Wildlife 12.Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife 13.Natural Resource and Conservation Service 5

6 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Public Notices – Monday, September 20, 2010 Public Invited to Open Houses on Critical Areas Ordinance Updates Public Invited to Open Houses on Critical Areas Ordinance Updates – Friday, October 01, 2010 Fact Sheets Available for Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance Update Fact Sheets Available for Thurston County Critical Areas Ordinance Update – Friday, October 15, 2010 Public Invited to Open House on Critical Areas Ordinance Updates Public Invited to Open House on Critical Areas Ordinance Updates 6

7 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Outreach to Local Media Invited – Olympian – Chronicle – Nisqually Valley News Development rules on tap Open House: Thurston County plans sessions to explain proposed critical-areas changes NATE HULINGS; Staff writer | Published October 01, 2010 Read more: 2/development-rules-on-tap.html#ixzz12wE80S1I 2/development-rules-on-tap.html#ixzz12wE80S1I 7

8 Critical Areas Continuous and Open Public Engagement Process Open Houses October 5 – Great Wolf Lodge – Approximately 60 Attended October 7 – County Fair Grounds – Approximately 12 Attended October 12 – Rainier Sportsman Club – Approximately 30 Attended October 18 – County Courthouse – Approximately 60 Attended 8

9 Open Houses Public Input – Concerns about the change in the size off wetland buffers – Concerns about Mazama Pocket Gophers and their habitat set asides Is it really endangered? Why 600 foot evaluation area? – Concerns about Prairie Protection – Please Consider MT Vernon’s buffer methods – Please look at non conforming uses Mortgage Financing Insurance 9

10 Open Houses Public Input – Support protecting critical areas – Support for open space tax incentive programs – Please do a direct mailing In the tax assessment – Concerns about impacts to agricultural lands – Tax assessment’s should change due to impacts on property value due to critical areas 10

11 Open Houses Public Input – Innovative techniques for zoning – Critical areas permit cost – FEMA Flood Maps – Channel Migration Zones 11

12 Open Houses Public Input Other – United Nations Agenda 21 – Questionnaire to Panel and Commissioners # of children/# of grandchildren/Prairies/Oaks/Hindu practices/religious preferences of Panel and Commissioners Shorelines Management Plan – Desire for county to collaborate with federal and state agencies to coordinate regulations – Concerns about dock replacement – Aqua Culture 12

13 CAO Next Steps Address Concerns and Finding of Fact – Met with USFW and WA Fish and Wildlife – Consider changes to gophers regulations – Seek federal assistance with cost, easements, programs. Setting meeting with Realtors, Mortgage Brokers, Insurance Regulators – Tentative October 29 – Non Conforming Use – Mortgages Setting meeting with Assessor – Critical Areas and Tax Assessment methodology Separating and Responding to Issues – Federal – State – County Complete Staff Draft 13

14 CAO Next Steps – Planning Commission Review public feedback Listen to tapes Review comments posted on web Forward questions and concerns to staff – Staff Develop public feedback matrix and responses Incorporate public recommendations and comments within guidelines of state law, Best Available Science, Best Professional Judgment. Develop range of policy options for PC to consider Present to PC Incorporate PC recommendations into draft – Continue Public Process 14


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