Interim Gopher Review & Permitting Process Litigation

2015 Gopher Review Process Webpage GraphicOlympia Master Builders, the Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, and Hinkle Homes filed a lawsuit against Thurston County in Lewis County Superior Court.  The lawsuit asks the court to direct Thurston County to stop its unlawful interim permitting process for land use applications located within the alleged habitat of the Mazama pocket gopher.  The organizations also concurrently filed a related petition with the Western Washington Growth Management Hearings Board, requesting that the Board reject the County’s interim gopher habitat review process because it implicitly modifies Thurston County’s Critical Area Ordinance (CAO) without motion, resolution, or public participation, all in direct violation of Washington state’s Growth Management Act (GMA).


Follow the links below for information concerning the lawsuit and petition:


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