Olympia plans study session

ahobbs@theolympian.comApril 7, 2014 

In place of its regular business meeting, the Olympia City Council will hold a special study session at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall. The agenda includes a discussion on the comprehensive plan update, specifically in regard to urban corridors and urban agriculture.

Urban corridors refer to major arterial streets and the use of land surrounding these streets. The discussion will cover recommendations by the Olympia Planning Commission regarding commercial development, housing density, “walkability” and public transit in these corridors.

As for urban agriculture, the council will discuss policies related to the local food system. Examples include protecting the health of Puget Sound as a local food source, and supporting local food production.

The comprehensive plan outlines the city’s goals and vision for the next 20 years. The city has been working on an updated plan since 2009, and the council’s goal is to adopt the new plan by June. City staff has recommended revisions for 14 areas of the plan, including everything from zoning and speed limits to park maintenance and sea levels. To read more about the comprehensive plan, visit imagineolympia.com.

The Olympia City Council’s next regular business meeting will begin at 7 p.m. April 15 at City Hall.

Before Tuesday’s study session, the council will hold a special meeting with Port of Olympia Commission President Bill McGregor at 5:30 p.m. in Room 207 at City Hall. According to the agenda, the meeting will cover port stormwater upgrades, real estate development planning and a “best practices assessment” of the Olympia Farmers Market.

The latter is intended to provide suggestions for strengthening the market, which operates on port property in a structure owned by the city.

Andy Hobbs: 360-704-6869 ahobbs@theolympian.com

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