Lacey, Washington

Lacey, population 42,393 (2010), lies in Thurston County roughly 5 miles east of Olympia. In 1994, the City adopted provisions allowing developers within the City to propose receiving sites to accept TDRs transferred from sending sites under the jurisdiction of Thurston County. (The Thurston County program has a separate profile on this web site.)

The extremely short code section, Chapter 16.58 of the Zoning Code, simply requires developers who wish to gain bonus density through TDR to produce documentation that the Thurston County TDR Program Administrator has approved and recorded the necessary TDR certificates as well as signed and recorded documents of attachment of the development rights to the subject parcel. The code section also requires the recording of the following information on the face of the receiving site plat: a statement that the development rights used in the plat have been transferred in accordance with the Deed of Transfer required by Thurston County; the volume and page numbers where all deeds of transfer have been recorded; the serial numbers of the TDRs used; and the volume and page number where the recorded document of attachment has been recorded.

At its meeting of November 1, 2011, the Planning Commission acknowledged that the current TDR provisions would need to be amended in order to implement new policies found in the City’s recently-adopted comprehensive plan.