The Thurston County nine acres in the Pacific Avenue/Boulevard Road vicinity subject to rezone has been a part of an Urban Growth Area for over 30 years. At this overdue time, the rezone process should not be a surprise to anyone but, an expectation. How long does an Urban Growth Area remain dormant with no growth?
The Olympia City Council recognizes the potential of the parcel thus, has recommended rezoning to the Thurston County Commissioners. At this point in time, no one knows the ultimate future of this land in urban Olympia. Any action to deter or second-guess a future project is premature. The development community is creative and the City of Olympia has excellent land use approval, design review and permit approval processes in place to assure that project impacts are addressed and neighborhood compatibility is assured in the final product. Concerned residents need to lean forward and participate in the future.
The integrity of the Olympia city staff will prevail. Olympia cannot and will not approve a project that will jeopardize or harm existing neighborhoods.