OLYMPIA — The Thurston County Community Planning and Economic Development department will conduct an open house on Oct. 9 about rezoning The Evergreen State College campus.

The event begins at 6 p.m. at the McLane Fire Department, 125 Delphi Road NW in Olympia.

The request is to change the current land-use designation to a new institutional zone that reflects the current land use, which is an existing public college.

The public will have the opportunity to comment on the Thurston County proposal during a Planning Commission hearing for the comprehensive plan update in late 2018.

The Evergreen State College requested an amendment to their current land-use designation.

The comprehensive plan identifies an institutional land-use designation for Evergreen State College, but the county does not currently map any of this designation, or have development standards in place.

The proposed change would allow the college greater flexibility to plan for development of the campus, consistent with its current use.

Thurston County is drafting development standards for an institutional land use designation that could be applied to The Evergreen State College or other higher education institutions, officials said.

For more detailed information about the proposed land use and zoning amendment for The Evergreen State College, visit: www.Thurston2040.com

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