Olympia Comprehensive Plan on council docket

Staff writerMarch 24, 2013 

The Olympia City Council will receive the Olympia Planning Commission’s recommendations for the city’s update of its Comprehensive Plan at its meeting Tuesday.

Presenters from city staff and the planning commission will outline the next steps for the plan, which has been in development since 2009. The tentative plan is to release the planning commission’s recommended draft to the public May 20.

The council would review public comments and have final say on the plan, expected this year.

It’s the first major update for the plan since 1994, and it is intended to guide city policy for the next 20 years.

Adoption of the comprehensive plan has been delayed many times. The city had been on track to finish it last year, but the planning commission told the city that it needed more time.

One innovation in the draft plan would allow neighborhoods to create so-called sub-area plans just for portions of the city.

Last year’s version of the plan proposes maintaining existing building-height limits and protecting specific iconic views of things such as the Capitol Dome and Mount Rainier. It requires certain view corridors. For example, the Capitol Campus should be viewable from West Bay Park, the Olympic Way sidewalk, the Fourth Avenue bridge and Priest Point Park, the plan says.

The plan has a goal of maintaining public control of shorelines, and to consider “acquisition of saltwater shoreline property to create public access on a case-by-case basis.” Another is to “maintain public control of downtown shorelines that may be needed to serve flood management functions,” a concern due to expected sea-level rise.

The council also will resume deliberations Tuesday on its Shoreline Master Program, a separate planning document that the state also requires. That plan also has been in the works for several years.

Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869 mbatcheldor@ theolympian.com

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