Olympia 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:
- July 15, 2016-Article in The Olympian: Federal cuts create backlog of Thurston County gopher reviews
- May 16, 2016-Press Release: Growth Management Hearings Board Rules Against Thurston County’s Mazama Pocket Gopher Review Process
- May 13, 2016: Growth Management Hearings Board Final Decision and Order-May 13, 2016
- Press Release: OMB and Thurston County Chamber Stand Up For Public Process
- Complaint to Lewis County Superior Court
- Petition for Review with the Growth Management Board
- Op-Ed in The Olympian from OMB Executive Officer Troy Nichols
- Growth Management Hearings Board-Order Denying Motion to Dismiss
- Click here to find out if your parcel is affected by the unlawful 2015 Interim gopher review process.
- Thurston County Gopher Indicator Soils & Zoning Map