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Hearing Examiner

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Role of the City's Hearing Examiner

The role of the Hearing Examiner is to interpret, review, and implement land use regulations according to the Tumwater Municipal Code or any other city ordinances through open record decision and appeal hearings.

The examiner conducts public hearings and decides on matters such as variances, conditional use permits, preliminary plats, administrative appeals, shoreline permits, SEPA appeals, among other land use issues. The decision made by the hearing examiner is typically the City's final decision, unless an appeal is filed with Thurston County Superior Court. For more information, go to Tumwater Municipal Code, Chapter 2.58.

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     Protocol for Hearings 

     Rules of Procedure

Hearing Schedule

Meetings are scheduled as needed in the Council Chambers at Tumwater City Hall (map).


Date Project Agenda
Minutes Decision 
11-06-2019  Kimmie Street - Preliminary Plat  Agenda    


Decision - Appeal Hearing

10-29-2019  Loete - Planned Unit Development  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
09-11-2019  222 Enterprises - Conditional Use Permit  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
09-04-2019  Sunrise Hills - Preliminary Plat  Agenda  Minutes 


Decision - Request for Reconsideration

06-05-2019  Skyview Estates  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
01-09-2019  Tumwater Craft District  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
11-28-2018  Trosper Woods  Agenda  Minutes  Decision
11-14-2018  Gendlek - Short Plat - Planned Unit Development Agenda  Minutes  Decision
09-12-2018  Sande Air BNB - Conditional Use Permit  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
08-08-2018  Cash & Carry - Sign Variance  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
04-25-2018  Bradbury North Preliminary Plat  Agenda  Minutes  Decision 
03-14-2018  Tumwater Boulevard Plat & Deschutes Valley Trail Phase 1 Agenda  Minutes  Decision - Tumwater Blvd.
Decision - Deschutes Valley

Past Hearing Examiner Decisions

For your convenience, records from the past year are available on the City's website. For meeting records from prior years, search the Tumwater Records Center


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