Dividing property into smaller lots is typically the first step in the development process. In Thurston County, there are 3 main types of subdivision:
Large lot subdivisions divide a property into 2 or more lots larger than 5 acres but smaller than 40 acres. These subdivisions occur only in unincorporated portions of Thurston County.
Short plat subdivisions which create a small number of lots, or lack the need for new public streets or other facilities, can be approved in an expedited manner. Lots must be smaller than 5 acres.
Long plat subdivisions constitute a major division of land and require a more extensive review.
The number of new residential lots created through large lot, short plat, and long plat subdivisions in Thurston County remains far below historic norms. In 2017, 523 new lots were created, compared to a high of 3,266 in 2006.
Over a quarter of new lots created in 2017 were in Lacey and over a half in unincorporated Thurston County.