Olympia council agrees to delay adoption of comprehensive plan

OlympianSeptember 11, 2013 

The Olympia City Council has agreed to delay adoption of its revised comprehensive plan to as late as June.

Though no vote was taken Tuesday night, all six council members present assented to the delay. Mayor Stephen Buxbaum was absent because he was attending the Asia Pacific Cities Summit in Taiwan. June is a target date and the work could be finished before then.

The city has been working since 2009 to update the comprehensive plan, the first major revision since 1994. The council had planned to be finished by December but got bogged down in another multiyear planning effort, the Shoreline Master Program.

City staff recommended that the council delay adopting the comprehensive plan to allow time for public outreach. Four public workshops were proposed to be part of the process.

The plan covers several aspects of the city, including value and vision statements, sea-level rise, urban agriculture, downtown planning, street connectivity, view corridors and building height limits.

The state Growth Management Act requires the city to have such a plan and to update it periodically.

It’s not the first delay for the comprehensive plan. The city had planned to adopt it in 2012.


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