After more than three years of public process, the city of Olympia is poised to finish its work on the Shoreline Master Program.
The Olympia City Council will consider Tuesday whether to approve its proposal for the state-mandated plan and transmit it to the state Department of Ecology for final approval, which could take months.
Council members will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 601 Fourth Ave. E.
The plan regulates development on major city shorelines, particularly Budd Inlet. Its goal is to ensure development yields no net ecological loss.
Here are some of the highlights:
On the Budd Inlet side of the isthmus and Percival Landing, the council agreed to get rid of conditions for developers that would allow them to build right on the water. Instead, the council decreed that no buildings would be allowed within 30 feet of the water, known as a building setback. The previous draft put setbacks at 50 feet, but with incentives to allow developers to build right on the shore under certain conditions such as accommodating a walking path, allowing physical access to the shoreline, shoreline restoration and bulkhead removal.
On the south part of the west shore of East Bay, the council changed the building setback to 100 feet from the ordinary high water mark, a change from its earlier proposal of zero feet.
Water related uses, which could include boat storage, would be allowed only if a developer gets conditional approval from the city in the Marine Recreation zone, which is the Port Peninsula side facing East Bay, including Swantown Marina. Non-water-oriented industrial uses wouldnt be allowed.
Matt Batcheldor: 360-704-6869; firstname.lastname@example.org