The Washington State Boundary Review Board for Thurston County reviews proposals for boundary changes by cities, towns and special-purpose districts (such as fire districts) within Thurston County, including city or district annexations.
The Board must base its decisions on specific factors and objectives stated in the Boundary Review Board Act (RCW 36.93). It can approve, modify and approve, or deny a proposal. Its decisions are final unless appealed to the Superior Court of the county.
The Board is a quasi-judicial, administrative body. This means it makes decisions following procedures like those of a court of law, but only in a narrow administrative role. For example, after hearing sworn testimony from witnesses, the Board can decide on proposed new city boundaries (i.e., annexations). They cannot decide what the zoning should be, or whether a site should be in or out of an urban growth area — zoning and urban growth area boundaries are under the authority of the cities and county.
Board members are residents of the county they serve. The five members of the Washington State Boundary Review Board for Thurston County serve for four-year terms. Two members are appointed by the Governor, one by the mayors of the cities and towns in the county, one by the Board of Thurston County Commissioners, and one from nominees of the special purpose districts. They are not allowed to hold other local government elected or appointed positions or jobs.
The Board employs a non-member through Thurston Regional Planning Council to serve as the Chief Clerk. The Thurston County Prosecutor's Office provides legal counsel.
All meetings (except executive sessions) of the Washington State Boundary Review Board for Thurston County are open to the public.
The Board holds one regular meeting each year on the fourth Tuesday of January in Room 280, Building One, 2000 Lakeridge Drive SW, Olympia, WA 98502. Special meetings may be called if jurisdiction is invoked or a meeting is requested by three or more members of the Board.
Public Hearing on the City of Lacey Gateway II Annexation
The Boundary Review Board issued a decision on the City of Lacey Gateway II Annexation on April 12, 2018. The final decision and audio of the March 21, 2018 and April 12, 2018 meetings are below.
The Washington State Boundary Review Board for Thurston County adopts rules of practice and procedure (RCW 36.93.200). The rules govern election of officers, meetings, office operations, selection of the Chief Clerk, and procedures for practicing before the Boundary Review Board. The rules were last updated in August 2015.