Tenino area farm changes course


Hillside Farms, a Tenino operation that once irked area residents because of alleged noise, appears to have started over by submitting plans to Thurston County for an events center and lavender business, according to a county notice of application for Feb. 7.

The center intends to "host private social events, such as weddings, birthdays, celebrations of life, non-profit (gatherings)" as well as operate a farm store selling products made of lavender grown, processed, and packaged on the property, the application says.

The application is under review by the Community Planning & Economic Development Department and the outcome has not yet been determined, according to the county.

"This Notice of Application is to allow appropriate local and state agencies, tribes, and property owners within 500 feet of the project site to provide comment," the notice reads.

The first comment period ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 27. County officials say there will be more opportunities to comment because the proposal will come before the county hearing examiner.

Send your comments to Senior Planner Kraig Chalem at kraig.chalem@co.thurston.wa.us