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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



Meeting Type




06-10-2020 Mathis Dock - Shoreline Substantial Permit, Variance & CUP Agenda Minutes   
11-06-2019 Kimmie Street - Preliminary Plat Agenda Minutes  

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 
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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